Chartlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Chartlin is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Chartlin family lived in Alwington, Devon. The name is taken from the town of Cartland in this area.

Early Origins of the Chartlin family

The surname Chartlin was first found in Devon where they held a family seat at Alwington in that shire. Alwington or Alphington, or Alfintone was held at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086 by Duke William of Normandy by Earl Harold as chief tenant, it being a part of Exeter. Conjecturally, the Cartland surname is descended from this Baron. It was customary for the sons of Barons, under tenants, to adopt the name of their holding so as to distinguish father and son.

Much further to the north in Scotland, Cartland is a small village in the parish of Lanark. [1]

Early History of the Chartlin family

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Chartlin Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cartland, Cartlan, Cartlane, Chartland, Chartlane, Chartlan, Chartlin, Cartlin, Cartle and many more.

Early Notables of the Chartlin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Chartlin family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Chartlin or a variant listed above: Nathaniel Cartland and Philip Cartland both of whom were recorded as having arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1638; as well as other settlers who established themselves along the eastern coast of the United States and in Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries..



The Chartlin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Loyal devoir
Motto Translation: Loyal duty.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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