Carton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Carton family

The surname Carton was 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.

Early History of the Carton family

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Carton Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Carton family (pre 1700)

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United States Carton migration to the United States +

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, who landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1764
Carton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Carton, who settled in New York in 1822
  • A. Carton, who settled in New York in 1823

Canada Carton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Carton, aged 70 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Camillia" departing 19th May 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th July 1847 but he died on board [1]
  • Mr. Richard Carton, aged 4 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sisters" departing 22nd April 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [1]

Australia Carton migration to Australia +

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

Carton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Carton, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
  • William Carton, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"

New Zealand Carton migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Carton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel C. Carton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [2]
  • Mr. William Carton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [2]
  • Mr. John Carton, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "May Queen" arriving in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand on 16th December 1881 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carton (post 1700) +

  • Craig Harris Carton (b. 1969), American radio personality
  • Peter J. Carton, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Jersey State House of Assembly 12th District, 1975
  • John Jay Carton (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Bookkeeper; Genesee County Clerk, 1881-84; Lawyer; Law partner of George H. Durand; Banker; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1899-1904; Speaker of the Michigan State House of Representatives, 1901-04;
  • Augustus C. Carton (1871-1946), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 28th District, 1907-08; Michigan land commissioner, 1913-14
  • 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
  • Fernand Carton (1921-2019), French linguist who specialized in Picardic dialects
  • Paul Carton (1875-1947), French physician
  • Pauline Carton (1884-1974), French film actress


The Carton 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: Buailim se
Motto Translation: I Strike him.


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 68)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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