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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Carleton, Carlton, Charleton, Charlton and others.

First found in Herefordshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Mary Carlton who settled in Virginia in 1634; John Carlton arrived in Philadelphia Pa. in 1866.

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Some noteworthy people of the name Charlton
  • Brigadier-General Russell C. Charlton (1899-1972), American Adjutant-General of New Mexico (1935-1944)
  • Norman Wood Charlton III (b. 1963), nicknamed "The Sheriff", American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Lilla Charlton (1899-1994), American mother of the famed actor Charlton Heston, born John Charles Carter, but assumed the forename of Charlton in honor of his mother
  • Robert "Bobby" Charlton (b. 1937), English soccer player
  • John "Jack" Charlton (b. 1935), English soccer player
  • Edward Colquhoun Charlton (1920-1945), British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII
  • Air Commodore Lionel Charlton (1879-1958), senior RAF commander
  • Alethea Charlton (1932-1976), British actress
  • Matthew Charlton (1866-1948), Australian politician, Leader of the Australian Labor Party 1922-28, eponym of the Division of Charlton, an Australian Electoral Division in New South Wales
  • William Charlton, Canadian politician


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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