Charter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Charter was originally from Chartres in the department of Eure-et-Loire, France. [1]

Early Origins of the Charter family

The surname Charter was first found in Devon, where Richard de Chartray is generally considered to be the progenitor of the family. He was listed as holding lands there temp. Henry III- Edward I. Later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alan de Chartres, Huntingdonshire; and John de Chartres, Lincolnshire. [2]

The movement to Scotland where the name is best known is very interesting. " 'The Sirname of Carnatto, which we English Charters, is very ancient with us.' In the reign of William the Lion, Walter de Carnoto gifted the church of Trauerflet (Trailflat) and the church of Dungrey or Drumereyoch to the Abbey of Kelso. In 1266 we have a charter confirming this gift which supplies us with the names of four generations: Robert called of Carnoto, knight, son and heir of Thomas de Carnoto, son and heir of Thomas de Carnoto, son and heir of Walcher de Carnoto. " [1]

Important Dates for the Charter family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charter research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1249, 1296, 1361, 1593, 1597, 1621, 1625, 1628, 1639, 1641, 1523, 1527, 1467, 1479, 1599, 1565, 1628, 1599, 1620, 1625, 1700, 1675, 1732, 1711 and are included under the topic Early Charter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charter Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Charter has been spelled Charteris, Charters, Charter, Charteres, Chartteris, Chartters and many more.

Early Notables of the Charter family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Henry Charteris the Elder (d. 1599), Scottish printer; and his son, Henry Charteris the Younger (1565-1628), a Scottish minister and Principal of Edinburgh University from 1599 to 1620; and his son, Lawrence Charteris (1625-1700), Scottish minister. [3] Francis Charteris (1675-1732), was a colonel, notorious criminal, son of John and second son of Sir John Charteris of Amisfield. "On the death of his uncle without male issue he became male representative of the family of Amisfield, but the estate passed to his cousin Elizabeth, sole heiress of his uncle. Her son, Thomas Hogg, assumed the...
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Migration of the Charter family to Ireland

Some of the Charter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charter migration to the United States

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Charter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Charter, who settled in Virginia in 1638
Charter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J. Charter settled in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Mrs. Geo. Charter, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • A. B. Charter, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1896
Charter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wesley J. Charter, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Edward George Charter, aged 26, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1908
  • Frank Charter, aged 10, who landed in America from Ossett, England, in 1909
  • George Charter, aged 13, who immigrated to the United States from England, in 1909
  • Phyllis Charter, aged 10, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
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Charter migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Charter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Charter, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino" [4]

Charter migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Charter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Charter, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Charter (post 1700)

  • Mildred Charter, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 [5]
  • Marshall E. Charter, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington; Elected 1906 [5]
  • Bernard E. Charter, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Milford, 1930 [5]
  • Alfred U. Charter, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Ellington, Connecticut, 1896; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ellington, 1916 [5]
  • Charter D. Stinespring, American Republican politician, Chair of Doddridge County Republican Party, 1969-75 [6]

Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Navarino.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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