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The surname Karla is a patronymic, derived from the first name of the father. It comes from the Old German personal name Karl from the Latin Carolus. The name became popular at an early date in France and surrounding territories because of the famed Emperor Charlemagne (ca.741-814). However, the name was mostly only used amongst the nobility and did not spread to the lower classes until the 17th century. At that time it became popular with The Roman Catholic population, due to devotion to Karl Borromaues who was the Cardinal and Archbishop of Mailand. With Romantic movement of the 19th century, the name re-emerged as the lives and names of the ancient knights and kings were glamorized.

Karla Early Origins



The surname Karla was first found in the Rhineland of Germany, where it was first very popular among the nobility as a personal name and then became a family name.

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Karla Spelling Variations


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Karla Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Karl, Karlmann, Karlan, Karlock and others.

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Karla Early History


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Karla Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Karla research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1400, 1450, and 1560 are included under the topic Early Karla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Karla Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Karla Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Karla 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Karla Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Karla, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

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Karla Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
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    The Karla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Karla 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 October 2003 at 15:57.

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