Charles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Charles comes from Carl, derived from the personal name which means man.

Early Origins of the Charles family

The surname Charles was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Charles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charles research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1208, 1253 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Charles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charles Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Charles has appeared include Charles, Carles, St. Charles and others.

Early Notables of the Charles family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Charles family to Ireland

Some of the Charles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Charles migration to the United States

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Charles arrived in North America very early:

Charles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mildreth Charles, who arrived in America in 1620 [1]
  • John Charles, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Dorothie Charles, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William Charles, aged 21, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Dorothie Charles, aged 20, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Charles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Charles, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Jean Charles, aged 30, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • Patrick Charles, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
Charles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Charles, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • Andrew Charles, who landed in New York in 1833 [1]
  • Robert Charles, who landed in New York in 1837 [1]
  • David Charles, who arrived in New York in 1848 [1]
  • S M Charles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Charles migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Charles Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Catherine Charles, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Sieur De Charles, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Michel Charles, son of Etienne and Madeleine, married Jeanne Cadieu, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 16th June 1698 [2]
Charles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Clément Charles, son of Étienne and Madeleine, married Marie Dupré, daughter of Antoine and Élisabeth, in Quebec on 4th January 1700 [2]
  • Jean-Baptiste Charles, son of Etienne and Madeleine, married Marie-Anne Bourdon, daughter of Jacques and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 29th October 1715 [2]
  • Louis Charles, son of André and Marie, married Marie-Anne Bonier, daughter of Jacques and Geneviève, in Quebec on 17th January 1718 [2]
  • Charles Delage was married in 1723 in St-Laurent-Isle-D'Orleans
  • Antoine Charles, son of Clément and Marie, married Marie-Françoise Beaumont, daughter of Vincent and Françoise, in Terrebonne, Quebec on 21st February 1735 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Charles migration to Australia

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

Charles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Charles, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" [3]
  • Joseph Charles, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian" [4]
  • Joseph Charles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [4]
  • Robert Charles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849 [5]
  • Thomas Charles, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Charles 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:

Charles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Charles, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Robert Charles, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • Mrs. Charles, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd September 1865 [6]
  • John Charles, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
  • Mary A. Charles, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Charles (post 1700)

  • Edwin Douglas Charles (1933-2018), American Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1962 to 1969
  • Robert Edwin "Bob" Charles (1936-2016), American-born, Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for La Trobe (1990-2004), Australian Consul-General in Chicago (2005-2008)
  • Ray Charles (1918-2015), born Charles Raymond Offenberg, an American musician, singer, songwriter, vocal arranger and conductor who is best known as organizer and leader of the Ray Charles Singers
  • Ray Charles (1930-2004), born Ray Charles Robinson, American pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s
  • Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles (b. 1986), American football running back
  • Tina Charles (b. 1988), American women's basketball player
  • Edgar U. Charles, American politician, Postmaster at Darlington Court House, South Carolina, 1821-22 [7]
  • E. W. Charles, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1860 [7]
  • David Charles, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Tennessee 6th District, 2000 [7]
  • D. K. Charles, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1888 [7]
  • ... (Another 32 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Charles family

Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Charles Sydney Charles (1891-1914), Welsh Miner from Wrexlam, Clwyd, Wales, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [8]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • Giraldus Baker Charles, British Captain's Steward aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
  • Gerald Charles, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Eleanor Charles, American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
  • Mr. Joseph Henry Charles, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]
  • Miss Doris Maud Charles, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SamuelBoddington.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The JOHN MITCHELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnMitchell.htm
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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