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Where did the Scottish Carswell family come from? What is the Scottish Carswell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carswell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carswell family history?

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The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Carswell has been spelled Carswell, Cresswell, Carsewell, Cressville, Carswele, Kersewell, Cressewell, Chriswell and many more.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Carswell in the parish of Neilston in that shire, and later branched to Carnswell in the barony of Carnwath in Lanarkshire, and to Carswell in the barony of Hassendean in Roxburghshire. Alexander Cresswell son of Uchtred was the first known of the name, and William Cresswell was Chancellor of Moray between 1281 and 1298. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carswell research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1373, 1603, 1296, 1688, 1743, 1710, 1713, 1713, 1715, 1654, 1712 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Carswell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Carswell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Carswell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants

Carswell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Carswell in St. Christopher in 1716
  • John Carswell, who landed in New England in 1753
  • John Carswell who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767 with his wife Anne, and his children George, Joseph, Thomas, and Rebecca

Carswell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Carswell, aged 30, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824
  • Walter Carswell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1841

Carswell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Carswell, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854

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  • Dwayne Carswell (b. 1972), American NFL offensive lineman who played from 1994 to 2005
  • George Harrold Carswell (1919-1992), American jurist, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1969-1970)
  • Sean Carswell (b. 1970), American writer and publisher
  • William Brown Carswell (1883-1953), Scottish-born, American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1913-1916), Dean of Brooklyn Law School (1945-1953)
  • Frank Carswell (b. 1918), American Negro league baseball pitcher who played from 1945 to 1948 for the Cleveland Buckeyes, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • Catherine Carswell (1879-1946), Scottish novelist and biographer
  • Sir Robert Carswell (1793-1857), Scottish pathologist and physician
  • Donald Carswell (1882-1940), Scottish barrister, journalist and author
  • Robert Douglas Carswell PC, QC (b. 1934), Baron Carswell, British barrister and judge, retired Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
  • Stephanie May Carswell (b. 1985), Australian actress and lyric soprano with a vocal range of over 3½ octaves

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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Carswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carswell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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