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The proud Carthew family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Carthew family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from a Cornish phrase meaning dweller at the black rock, indicating that the original bearer lived near a prominent black rock.

Carthew Early Origins



The surname Carthew was first found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Carthew Spelling Variations


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Carthew Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Carthew, Carthewe and others.

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Carthew Early History


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Carthew Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carthew research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Carthew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carthew Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carthew Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Carthew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carthew In Ireland


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Carthew In Ireland



Some of the Carthew family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Carthew:

Carthew Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edmund Carthew who settled in Maryland in 1774

Carthew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Albert Carthew, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1894

Carthew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Geo. Leopold Carthew, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1907
  • Edith M. Carthew, aged 28, who settled in America from Launceston England, in 1908
  • James Carthew, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Gateshead, England, in 1911
  • Thomas John Carthew, aged 42, who landed in America from Hayle, England, in 1912
  • Margaret Carthew, aged 11, who emigrated to New Orleans, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carthew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Carthew, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • William Carthew, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • William Carthew, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Thetis"
  • Thomas Carthew, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

Carthew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip R. Carthew, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Carthew (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Carthew (post 1700)



  • Margaret Carthew (1909-1942), American actress, known for her roles in 42nd Street (1933), The Strawberry Blonde (1941) and Dames (1934)
  • Cory Carthew (b. 1967), American actor from New York City
  • Elizabeth Carthew, Australian Jazz musician
  • Richard Carthew, Professor of Biology at Northwestern University, Illinois

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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: Bedhoh fyr ha heb drok
Motto Translation: Let us be wise without guile; or, as it is expressed in scriptural phrase, “Be ye wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    5. 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).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

    The Carthew Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carthew 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 February 2014 at 21:18.

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