Cartledge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Cartledge date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence near a pond or bog in rocky land having derived from the Old Norman word kartr, which means rocky land, and suffix -lake, for pond or bog. The suffix -lake is often rendered as -ledge in compound names. The surname meant dweller by the rocky pond. The name originated in Lancashire or East Cheshire.

Early Origins of the Cartledge family

The surname Cartledge was first found in Nottingham 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.

Early History of the Cartledge family

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Cartledge Spelling Variations

Cartledge has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Cartledge have been found, including Cartlidge, Cartlitch, Cartlich, Cartlett and many more.

Early Notables of the Cartledge family (pre 1700)

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United States Cartledge migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cartledges to arrive on North American shores:

Cartledge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Cartledge, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840 along with Robert, Stephen, and William

Australia Cartledge migration to Australia +

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

Cartledge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Cartledge, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. John Cartledge, (b. 1815), aged 27, English convict who was convicted in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 4th October 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1896 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cartledge (post 1700) +

  • J. S. Cartledge, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • John Cartledge (b. 1984), English semi professional footballer
  • David Cartledge (b. 1956), former English cricketer
  • John Cartledge (1855-1907), born John Cartledge Foster, an English cricketer
  • Francis Arthur "Frank" Cartledge (b. 1899), English footballer
  • Tristan Cartledge, Australian Rules Football player
  • Eric Montague Cartledge, English diplomat
  • Sir Bryan Cartledge KCMG (b. 1931), former British diplomat and academic, British Ambassador to the USSR and British Ambassador to Hungary (USSR)
  • Paul Cartledge (b. 1947), Professor of Greek History at Cambridge University
  • Mr. William Cartledge, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1829 to 1830

  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook
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