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Corliss is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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 the personal characteristics of the bearer.

Corliss Early Origins



The surname Corliss 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. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Corliss Spelling Variations


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Corliss Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Corliss were recorded, including Carlesse, Carelesse, Careless, Carless, Karelees, Kareles, Careles, Corless, Curless, Korelees and many more.

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Corliss Early History


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Corliss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corliss research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1260, 1379, 1570, 1700, 1722, 1769, 1610 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Corliss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Corliss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Corliss Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Willelmus Careles, a prominent 14th century landholder in Yorkshire; and Colonel William Careless ( c. 1610-1689), English Royalist officer of...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Corliss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Corliss family emigrate to North America:

Corliss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Corliss, who came to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1639
  • George Corliss, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1639

Corliss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William H Corliss, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • William H. Corliss, who was naturalized in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1872

Corliss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Corliss arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867
  • Hannah Corliss arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1867

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Contemporary Notables of the name Corliss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Corliss (post 1700)



  • Stephen P. Corliss (1842-1904), American soldier who earned a Medal of Honor
  • William Roger Corliss (1926-2011), American physicist and writer
  • John Blaisdell Corliss (1851-1929), American politician
  • Jeb Corliss (b. 1976), American professional BASE jumper, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer
  • John Blaisdell Corliss (1851-1929), U.S. Representative from Michigan
  • John B. Corliss, American scientist who has worked in the fields of geology, oceanography, and the origins of life
  • Richard Nelson Corliss (b. 1944), American writer for Time magazine who focuses on movies
  • Henry George Corliss (1817-1888), American engineer, inventor of the Corliss Valve which improved the steam engine and founder of the Corliss Engine Company in 1856

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Corliss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corliss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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