Cartlan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Cartlan is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cartlan family lived in Alwington, Devon. The name is taken from the town of Cartland in this area.

Early Origins of the Cartlan family

The surname Cartlan was first found in Devon where they held a family seat at Alwington in that shire. Alwington or Alphington, or Alfintone was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy by Earl Harold as chief tenant, it being a part of Exeter. Conjecturally, the Cartland surname is descended from this Baron. It was customary for the sons of Barons, under tenants, to adopt the name of their holding so as to distinguish father and son.

Much further to the north in Scotland, Cartland is a small village in the parish of Lanark. [1]

Early History of the Cartlan family

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Cartlan Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Cartlan include Cartland, Cartlan, Cartlane, Chartland, Chartlane, Chartlan, Chartlin, Cartlin, Cartle and many more.

Early Notables of the Cartlan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cartlan family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Cartlans to arrive on North American shores: Nathaniel Cartland and Philip Cartland both of whom were recorded as having arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638; as well as other settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..



The Cartlan 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: Loyal devoir
Motto Translation: Loyal duty.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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