Show ContentsCharteres History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Charteres family

The surname Charteres 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]

Early History of the Charteres family

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

Charteres Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Charteres has been spelled Charteris, Charters, Charter, Charteres, Chartteris, Chartters and many more.

Early Notables of the Charteres 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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Ireland Migration of the Charteres family to Ireland

Some of the Charteres family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Charteres family

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them: William Charteris who settled in Virginia in 1622; J. Charter settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850; John Charter settled in Virginia in 1638; Lawrence Charters settled in St. Christopher in 1716.

  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 on Facebook