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

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

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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.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charles research. Another 259 words(18 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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Charles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Charles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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
  • John Charles settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Dorothie Charles settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Wm Charles, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Dorothie Charles, aged 20, landed in Virginia in 1635


Charles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Charles, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Jean Charles, aged 30, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Patrick Charles, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Charles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Charles, who landed in America in 1806
  • Andrew Charles, who landed in New York in 1833
  • Robert Charles, who landed in New York in 1837
  • David Charles, who arrived in New York in 1848
  • S M Charles, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850


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

Charles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Charles Delage was married in 1723 in St-Laurent-Isle-D'Orleans
  • Mr. Claudius Charles U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783

Charles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Charles, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington"
  • Joseph Charles, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • Joseph Charles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Robert Charles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Mitchell" in 1849
  • Thomas Charles, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1849


Charles Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Charles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Robert Charles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865
  • John Charles arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
  • Mary A. Charles, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Margaret Charles, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874


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  • Tina Charles (b. 1988), American women's basketball player
  • Jamaal RaShaad Jones Charles (b. 1986), American football running back
  • Ray Charles (1930-2004), born Ray Charles Robinson, American pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s
  • Miss Eleanor Charles (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • Craig Charles (b. 1964), English actor, stand-up comedian, author, poet, radio and television presenter
  • Gary Charles (b. 1970), English former footballer
  • Jacques Alexandre César Charles (1746-1823), French physicist
  • Edward Stuart Charles (1720-1788), AKA Bonnie Prince Charlie of Scotland
  • Melvyn Charles (b. 1935), Welsh former professional footballer

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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: Virtus auget honores
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.

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  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Charles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Charles 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 30 April 2015 at 09:23.

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