Carta History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Carta family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in an inhospitable or barren area. Carta is derived from an Old English word meaning dwellers of the rough ground.

Early Origins of the Carta family

The surname Carta was first found in Somerset. "The ancient and distinguished Somersetshire and Devonshire families of Cart apparently, in most cases, hailed from the Carys of Castle Cary, a knightly Somersetshire family of the 14th century. In the reign of Edward I. De Cari and De Cary were still Somersetshire names, and evidently their first representatives took the names of places in the county." [1]

Apart from the aforementioned, Wiltshire was also home to the family as William Cart, was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Wiltshire in 1176. [2]

Early History of the Carta family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carta research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1653, 1740, 1653, 1686, 1754, 1641 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Carta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carta Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Carta include Cart, Carte, Carta and others.

Early Notables of the Carta family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Carte (1653-1740), an English divine and antiquary, born at Coventry in 1653 and educated at the grammar school of that town and at Magdalen College, Oxford. Hi son, Thomas Carte (also John Carte) (1686-1754)...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Carta family to Ireland

Some of the Carta family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Carta family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Carta or a variant listed above: William Cart, who settled in Virginia in 1654; as did Mary Cart in 1741; J.J. Carte, who came to New England in 1793 with his wife and two sons, and James Carte, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1848..


Contemporary Notables of the name Carta (post 1700) +

  • Angelico "Angelo" Carta (b. 1886), Italian military officer


  1. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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