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Charteris History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Charteris family


The surname Charteris was first found in Devon, where they held a family seat from early times after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Charteris family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charteris research.
Another 445 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1249, 1296, 1361, 1593, 1597, 1621, 1625, 1628, 1639, 1641, 1523, 1527, 1467, 1565, 1628, 1599, 1620, 1625, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Charteris History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Charteris Spelling Variations


The variation in the spelling of Medieval names is a result of the lack of spelling rules in the English language prior to the last few hundred years. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound, often varying the spelling of name within a single document. Charteris has appeared as Charteris, Charters, Charter, Charteres, Chartteris, Chartters and many more.

Early Notables of the Charteris family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Charteris family to Ireland


Some of the Charteris family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Charteris family to the New World and Oceana


As the persecution of Clan families continued, they sailed for North America in increasing numbers. In most cases, they found the freedom and opportunity they sought. Land was often available and the American War of Independence allowed Scots an opportunity to solidify their independence from the English crown. These settlers and their ancestors went on to play essential roles in the forging of the nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Charteris Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Charteris who settled in Virginia in 1622

Charteris Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • W. Charteris, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1892

Charteris Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Guy Charteris, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • Hugh Charteris, aged 49, who landed in America from Rothesay, Scotland, in 1923
  • John Charteris, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1923
  • John Gordon Charteris, aged 1, who landed in America from Motherwell, Scotland, in 1923
  • Mary Charteris, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from Rothsay, Scotland, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Charteris (post 1700)


  • Francis Wemyss Charteris (1723-1808), Scottish nobleman, who changed his surname to Charteirs in 1732, and succeeded as 5th Earl of Wemyss in 1756
  • Sir Martin C Charteris, Private Secretary to H.M. the Queen
  • Leslie Charteris (b. 1907), British-American crime story writer
  • Francis David Charteris (1912-2008), British judge and administrator, 12th Earl of Wemyss and 8th Earl of March (1937-), Lord-Lieutenant of East Lothian (1967-1987)

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