Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Cartmel surname lived in or near the settlement of Cartmel in the county of Lancashire. Thus, Cartmel is a habitation surname which is derived from the name of a place. Like most English local surnames, the name Cartmel was originally preceded by a preposition such as de. However, the preposition had usually been dropped from the name by the end of the 14th century.
Early Origins of the Cartmel family
Lancashire, at Cartmel, a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands. "This place, which is supposed to have derived its name from the British words Kert, a camp, and mell, a fell, or small mountain, according to Camden was given to St. Cuthbert, in 677, by Egfrid, King of Northumbria, with all the Britons inhabiting it. In 782, Ethelred, upon his restoration to the throne of that kingdom, allured from their sanctuary at York the sons of Alfwold, who had been advanced to the crown upon his expulsion, and put them to death at Cartmel. In 1188, William Mareschall, Earl of Pembroke, founded a priory for Regular canons of the order of St. Augustine, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and endowed it with all his lands at 'Kertmell,' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. Now a village in Cumbria, it has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding."
Early History of the Cartmel family
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Cartmel Spelling Variations
Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cartmel are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cartmel include: Cartmill, Cartmills, Cartmell, Cartmells, Kertmell, Cartmele, Cartmail, Kartmill, Kartmell, Certmill, Cartnell and many more.
Early Notables of the Cartmel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cartmel family to Ireland
Some of the Cartmel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cartmel family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cartmel or a variant listed above:
Cartmel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cartmel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Cartmel (post 1700)
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