The name Carthan comes from one of the family having worked as a person who builds carts.
Another alternative origin of this surname is guard
which is derived from the Old English word Caretarius or Carda.
Early Origins of the Carthan family
The surname Carthan was first found in Winchester, where the Carthan family held a family seat
from ancient times. The name first appeared on the tax records of the Middle Ages dating back to the years immediately after the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Carthan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carthan research.Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1250, 1619, 1676, 1654, 1660, 1608, 1684, 1637, 1642, 1617, 1668, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Carthan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carthan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Carthan have been found, including: Carter, Carters and others.
Early Notables of the Carthan family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Carter of Eccleshall Castle; Sir John Carter (ca.1619-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1660; The Rev. Thomas Carter (1608-1684), a... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carthan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Carthan family to Ireland
Some of the Carthan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 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 Carthan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Carthan, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : Ambrose Carter, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Carter and his wife Frances, who came to Philadelphia in 1685 with their children Thomas, Henry, Ann, and John, Chris Carter, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705.
Contemporary Notables of the name Carthan (post 1700)
- Hattie Carthan (1900-1984), American community activist and environmentalist who spearheaded a campaign to save a 40-foot Magnolia grandiflora tree