Cartlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cartlin reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Cartlin family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cartlin family lived in Alwington, Devon. The name is taken from the town of Cartland in this area.

Early Origins of the Cartlin family

The surname Cartlin 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 Cartlin family

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Cartlin Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Cartland, Cartlan, Cartlane, Chartland, Chartlane, Chartlan, Chartlin, Cartlin, Cartle and many more.

Early Notables of the Cartlin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Cartlin family

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Cartlin name or one of its variants: 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 Cartlin 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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