Corless History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Corless has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was believed to be free from care or unconcerned. The nickname is derived from the Old English word carleas, which referred to a "cheerful, merry" person. [1]

One source claims that the name is a derivation of "Carlos, or its original, Carolus," [2] and we shall see later, Carlos was indeed still used by some people as late as the 17th century.

Early Origins of the Corless family

The surname Corless was first found in Gloucestershire, but some of the family were found in Lancashire at Welsh Whittle in early times. "In that of Edward III., Sir William Careles held the manor, so called, of Walshwittell. " [3]

Later some of the family were found in Worcestershire, where "Careless is at present an Evesham name, and Carless is still a Worcester name. " [4] There was only one entry for the family in Yorkshire at the time of the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus Careles. [5]

Early History of the Corless family

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Corless 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 Corless have been found, including Carlesse, Carelesse, Careless, Carless, Karelees, Kareles, Careles, Corless, Curless, Korelees and many more.

Early Notables of the Corless family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Willelmus Careles, a prominent 14th century landholder in Yorkshire Colonel William Careless, Carles or Carlos (c. 1610-1689), was an English Royalist officer of the English Civil War, companion of King Charles II when the fugitive monarch hid in the Royal Oak following his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. "A family of the name of Carlosia described as of Stratford-on-Avon in the 'Visitation of Warwickshire' in 1619." The source goes on to note that he is thought to have been "the son of Anthony Careless, of the Clothiers' Company in Worcester in 1665, who...
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United States Corless migration to the United States +

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 Corless, or a variant listed above:

Corless Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathias Corless, who settled in Philadelphia in 1798
Corless Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Corless, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1807
  • Edwin Corless and his family, who settled in Utah in 1848
  • Thomas Corless, naturalized in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • Thomas Corless, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [6]
  • Thomas Corless, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1872
Corless Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ellen Corless, aged 30, who landed in America from Gort, Ireland, in 1900
  • Catherine Corless, aged 33, who settled in America from Galway, in 1904
  • John Corless, aged 24, who landed in America from Caherstrane, Ireland, in 1905
  • Charles Vandyke Corless, aged 38, who settled in America from London, in 1906
  • John Corless, aged 63, who immigrated to the United States from Loushrea, Ireland, in 1907
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Canada Corless migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corless Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Margaret Corless, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [7]
Corless Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles V. Corless, aged 42, who landed in Victoria Mines, Canada, in 1911
  • Charles V. Corless, aged 50, who immigrated to Coniston, Ontario, Canada, in 1918

Australia Corless migration to Australia +

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

Corless Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Corless who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "England"on 31st March 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Corless (post 1700) +

  • Theodore A. "Ted" Corless (b. 1967), prominent American trial lawyer, blogger, radio host and national news commentator
  • Peter Corless (b. 1964), American game designer who has worked primarily on role-playing games
  • Roger Corless (1938-2007), American who made significant contributions to interfaith dialogue, Professor of Religion at Duke University
  • Martin Corless, American Professor at the Purdue University School of Aeronautics & Astronautics (1984- )
  • William Corless (1860-1928), American museum curator
  • Colum Corless (1922-2015), Irish hurler who played as a right corner-back for the Galway senior team (1948-1954)
  • Marianne Corless, Canadian artist

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 21)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th April 2022). on Facebook