Early Origins of the Charlson family
The surname Charlson was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. The name Charlson itself comes ultimately from the Germanic personal name
Carl, which was Latinized as 'Carolus'. Early forms of the name in Britain predate the Norman invasion
, but some bearers of this name no doubt come from Norman stock. The suffix 'son' or 'ston' indicate a patronymic
surname created from the name of a father or male relative. In Europe the name's popularity was in no small part due to the fame of Emperor Charlemagne
(742-814) or 'Carolus Magnus' in Latin. The Saxon influence on English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but some Saxon surnames survived. The first record of a precursor to this family name was first referenced in the year 1208 when Carolus held estates in that shire.
Early History of the Charlson family
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Charlson Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Charlson family name include Charleston, Charleson, Charlson, Cherlson, Churlson and many more.
Early Notables of the Charlson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charlson family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Charlson surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Charlson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anthony Charlson, who arrived at the port of New York in 1808
Charlson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Charlson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia CITATION[CLOSE]
State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809