Early Origins of the Carstairs family
The surname Carstairs was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow.
Carstairs is a parish in the Upper ward of the county of Lanark that includes the village of Ravenstruther. "The name is most probably derived from the word Car, or Caer, signifying "a fort," and stair, or stairs, "a possession;" descriptive of an estate or possession in a fortified place." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Carstairs family
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Carstairs Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Carstairs has been spelled Carstair, Carstairs, Kerstairs, Kerstair, Carstare, Carstares, Cairstare, Cairstares, Carrstairs, Carrstare, Carrstarr, Carstarr, Carstarrs, Carrstarrs, Kerrstarr and many more.
Early Notables of the Carstairs family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carstairs family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:
Carstairs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Carstairs, who settled in Virginia in 1700
- Thomas Carstairs, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1784 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)
Carstairs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Carstairs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Forfarshire 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Forfarshire.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Carstairs (post 1700)
- Carroll Chevalier Carstairs MC (1888-1948), American art dealer and author who served in the Grenadier Guards of the British Army during World War I
- Alan MacMillan Carstairs (b. 1939), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 1996 to 1997
- Marion Barbara "Joe" Carstairs (1900-1993), British power boat racer and heiress
- Sharon Carstairs PC (b. 1942), Canadian politician, Canadian Senator (1994-2011), Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party (1984-1993)
- John Paddy Carstairs (1914-1970), born John Keys, British novelist and film director who directed over 40 films
- Professor George Morrison Carstairs, Psychiatrist, Chancellor of York University
- Charles Young Carstairs, Government Advisor
- Major General Sir John Carstairs McNeill (1831-1904), Scottish military officer, recipient of the Victoria Cross
The Carstairs 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: Te splendente
Motto Translation: Whilst thou art shining.