The roots of the name Carsen are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Carsen was originally found in Dumfriesshire
, where the first mention of the Clan
was of Morris Carson who was appointed Bailiff of the Isle of Man
by King Alexander I of Scotland
about 1100 A.D. They held a family seat
Early Origins of the Carsen family
The surname Carsen was first found in Dumfriesshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Dhùn Phris), a Southern area, bordering on England
that today forms part of the Dumfries and Galloway
Council Area, where they are believed to be descended from the Irish Clan
MacCarrghama of the Hy Fiachra and arrived on the south west Scottish coast about the 9th century. The clan built the famous Sweetheart Abbey. Sir Robert de Acarson (or de Carsan), a cleric witnessed a charter of Holm Cultram in 1276 and it may be the same Robert de Carsan who rendered homage to Edward I
in 1296. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Carsen family
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Carsen Spelling Variations
In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations
in Medieval Scottish names. Carsen has appeared as Carson, Carsen and others.
Early Notables of the Carsen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carsen family to Ireland
Some of the Carsen family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Carsen family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence
, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Among them:
Carsen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Carsen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Carsen (post 1700)
- Walter Carsen (1912-2012), Canadian arts philanthropist, eponym of the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts, father of Robert Carsen
- Robert Carsen (b. 1954), Canadian opera director, Knight of the Legion of Honour (1996)
The Carsen Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ne m'oubliez
Motto Translation: Don't forget me.