Charlett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Charlett came to England with the ancestors of the Charlett family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Charlett family lived in Worcestershire. The Charlett 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 Charlett family

The surname Charlett 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 Charlett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charlett 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 Charlett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charlett Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Charley, Charly, Charlet, Charlett, Charlette and others.

Early Notables of the Charlett 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 Charlett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Charlett family to Ireland

Some of the Charlett 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.

Charlett migration to the United States

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Charlett or a variant listed above:

Charlett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hanafitts Charlett, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Richard Charlett, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [2]

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)
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