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Where did the Irish Carton family come from? What is the Irish Carton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carton family history?

The name Carton has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Artain, which means son of Art.


Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations of the name Carton dating from that time attests: MacCartan, MacCarten, MacCartain, Carton and others.

First found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carton research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1350 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Carton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name Carton:

Carton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Carton who landed in America in 1751
  • John Carton landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1764

Carton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Carton settled in New York in 1822
  • A. Carton settled in New York in 1823

Carton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Carton, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • William Carton, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"


  • Craig Harris Carton (b. 1969), American radio personality
  • Noel Carton (b. 1981), Irish sportsperson
  • Michael Carton, Irish Hurling player for Dublin and O'Tooles GAC
  • Davy Carton (b. 1959), Irish singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist
  • Paul Carton (1875-1947), French physician
  • Pauline Carton (1884-1974), French film actress


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: Buailim se
Motto Translation: I Strike him.


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The Carton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carton Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 12 May 2013 at 13:13.

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