Charte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Charte family
The surname Charte was first found in Somerset at Chard, a borough, market-town, and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Kingsbury-East. "This was a place of considerable importance during the heptarchy, and was by the Saxons called Cerdre (subsequently Cherde or Cerde), a name supposed to be derived from Cerdic, the founder of the kingdom of Wessex. In the 14th of Edward I. it was incorporated by Bishop Joslin, who set apart fifty-two acres out of his manor of Cherde"  Another reference claims the Saxons called the place Cerdren  in 1065 but was listed three years later in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cerdre.  Literally the place name possibly meant "house or building in rough ground," from the Old English words "ceart" + "aern." 
Important Dates for the Charte family
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Charte Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Charte have been found, including Chard, Charde, Chards and others.
Early Notables of the Charte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Charte family
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Charte, or a variant listed above: Anne Chard who settled in Virginia in 1623; John Chard who settled in Barbados in 1634; Joshua settled in Virginia in 1623; Rachel and George arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773..
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)