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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?


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]


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.


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


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


  • 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)
  • William Brown Carswell (1883-1953), Scottish-born, American lawyer and politician, New York State Senator (1913-1916), Dean of Brooklyn Law School (1945-1953)
  • Sean Carswell (b. 1970), American writer and publisher
  • George Harrold Carswell (1919-1992), American jurist, Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1969-1970)
  • Dwayne Carswell (b. 1972), American NFL offensive lineman who played from 1994 to 2005
  • William Brown Carswell (1883-1953), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Senate 6th District, 1913-16; Justice of New York Supreme Court 2nd District, 1925-53
  • James Stanley Carswell, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from 13th Senatorial District, 1961
  • George H. Carswell, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, 1953-58
  • George H. Carswell, American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State Senate 21st District, 1923-24; Secretary of State of Georgia, 1928-31
  • Donald Carswell (1882-1940), Scottish barrister, journalist and author



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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. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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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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