McCharles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McCharles family

The surname McCharles was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066, and their name in Gaelic was "MacThearlaich" meaning "the son of Charles." Hence we have McTarlych which is the old Gaelic which some Clan members still subscribe to.

Early History of the McCharles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCharles research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1538, 1613, 1638, 1674, and 1726 are included under the topic Early McCharles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCharles Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacCarley, MacCarly, Terleti, Thelycht, MacTherlycht, McKarlich, McTarlach, McCarlach, McKerlich, McHerlich, McCharles, McTarlich and many more.

Early Notables of the McCharles family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McCharles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McCharles family to Ireland

Some of the McCharles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McCharles family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Charles MacCarley landed in America in 1733.


Contemporary Notables of the name McCharles (post 1700) +

  • Jan McCharles, Canadian sound technician, best known for her work on Canada's Worst Driver (2006-2009)
  • Steve McCharles (b. 1963), Canadian ice hockey former head coach of the Temiscaming Royals


The McCharles 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: Virtus auget honores
Motto Translation: Virtue increases honour.


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