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Charlet is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Charlet family lived in Worcestershire. The Charlet family was originally from Charlett, Normandy, and it is from this place that their surname derives. Charlett comes from a baptismal name which means Charles, which stems from the Old French name, Charlys. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are hardly any Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Charlet Early Origins



The surname Charlet was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Charlet Spelling Variations


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Charlet Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Charlet are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Charlet include Charley, Charly, Charlet, Charlett, Charlette and others.

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Charlet Early History


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Charlet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charlet research. Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charlet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Charlet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Charlet Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 19 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charlet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Charlet In Ireland


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Charlet In Ireland



Some of the Charlet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Charlet, or a variant listed above:

Charlet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margar Charlet, aged 17, landed in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Charlet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Charlet (post 1700)



  • Valentine Blanche Charlet MBE (1898-1985), English member of the Women's Transport Service with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II
  • Étienne Charlet, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • René Charlet (b. 1903), French bobsledder at the 1936 and 1948 Winter Olympics
  • Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (1792-1845), French designer and painter
  • Frantz Charlet (1862-1928), Belgian painter, etcher, and lithographer
  • José Charlet (1916-1993), French architect, painter, sculptor, and professor
  • Armand Charlet (1900-1975), French mountaineer and mountain guide
  • Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (1792-1845), French painter and engraver

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Charlet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Charlet 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 February 2015 at 11:12.

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