The ancestors of the name Charity date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Charity family lived in or near to the charity,
which was either a dispensary of charity or a hospital that was connected to the church. The surname has Latin origins in the form of Caritatem,
which means kindness, generosity and humanity.
Early Origins of the Charity family
The surname Charity was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Charity family
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Charity Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Charity 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 Charity include: Charity, Caritet, Carite, Charite, Charyte, Charitie and many more.
Early Notables of the Charity family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charity 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 Charity or a variant listed above:
Charity Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander Charity, who landed in Maryland in 1671 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)