The name Charlete reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Charlete family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Charlete family lived in Worcestershire
. The Charlete 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 Charlete family
The surname Charlete 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.
Early History of the Charlete family
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Charlete Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Charley, Charly, Charlet, Charlett, Charlette and others.
Early Notables of the Charlete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charlete family to Ireland
Some of the Charlete 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.
Migration of the Charlete family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Charlete name or one of its variants: Joseph Charley who settled in Pennsylvania in 1683.