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) +

  • Gwendolyn Cartledge (b. 1943), American academic and professor in the School of Physical Activity and Educational Services at the Ohio State University
  • J. S. Cartledge, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1912
  • Samuel Henry "Sam" Cartledge (1882-1938), English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper (1901-1910)
  • John Cartledge (b. 1984), English semi-professional footballer who plays for Isthmian League Premier Division side Sutton United
  • Graham S Cartledge, English politician, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire (2014-2015)
  • David Cartledge (b. 1956), former English cricketer, born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
  • John Cartledge (1855-1907), born John Cartledge Foster, an English cricketer who played for Derbyshire in 1878
  • Paul Cartledge, English record producer specializing in media based projects including advertising, television, film, radio and digital
  • Francis Arthur "Frank" Cartledge (b. 1899), English footballer
  • Tristan Cartledge (b. 1985), Australian rules footballer who played for the Richmond Football Club and Essendon Football Club (2002-2008)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-gray


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