Charlet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Charlet family

The surname Charlet was first found in Leicestershire at Charley or Chorley, an extra-parochial liberty, in the union of Loughborough, hundred of West Goscote. "The ancient forest of Charley, or Charnwood, twenty miles in circuit, was disafforested soon after the Conquest; its privileges were restored by Henry II., but finally abolished by Henry III. The Hall is a plain brick building, with pleasant grounds. A society of eremites, of the order of St. Augustine, settled here in the reign of Henry II., by the favour of Robert Blanchmains, Earl of Leicester; but in the time of Edward II. it was united to one at Ulverscroft, where a priory of Regular canons, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, continued until the Dissolution." [1]

Charley is also a hamlet in the parish of Farewell, union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred of Offlow in Staffordshire.

Important Dates for the Charlet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charlet research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1722, 1697, 1716, 1717, 1706 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Charlet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Charlet family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Arthur Charlett (1655-1722), Master of University College, Oxford, son of Arthur Charlett, Rector of Collingbourn Ducis, Wiltshire. Charlett was appointed chaplain to the king on 17 Nov. 1697, and held that office until he, in common with certain other of the royal chaplains, was removed in March 1716-1717. In the spring of 1706...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charlet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Charlet family to Ireland

Some of the Charlet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charlet migration to the United States

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, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]

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 [3]
  • 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

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Étienne Charlet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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