Show ContentsCartland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Cartland family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Alwington, Devon. The name is taken from the town of Cartland in this area.

Early Origins of the Cartland family

The surname Cartland 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 Cartland family

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Cartland Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Cartland has been recorded under many different variations, including Cartland, Cartlan, Cartlane, Chartland, Chartlane, Chartlan, Chartlin, Cartlin, Cartle and many more.

Early Notables of the Cartland family (pre 1700)

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United States Cartland migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Cartlands were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Cartland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathaniel Cartland and Philip Cartland both of whom were recorded as having arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638

Australia Cartland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cartland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Cartland, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Emperor Alexander"on 6th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cartland (post 1700) +

  • Moses Austin Cartland (1805-1863), American Quaker abolitionist and editor
  • Samuel Cartland, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 12th District, 1829-32
  • Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland DBE, CStJ (1901-2000), English prolific author of at least 723 novels, she holds the Guinness Record for the most novels published in one year
  • Michael David Cartland, British Secretary for Financial Services for Hong Kong (1993-1995)
  • Sir George Barrington Cartland CMG (1912-2008), British deputy-governor of Uganda and later the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
  • John Ronald Hamilton Cartland (1907-1940), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Birmingham King's Norton (1935-1940) who was killed in action
  • Barbara Cartland, author and novelist who has written 582 books

The Cartland 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.
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th April 2022). on Facebook