Show ContentsQuarles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Quarles has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the county of Norfolk. Quarles is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. In this case the Quarles family lived at the quarel, which simply meant that the family resided near a quarry.

Early Origins of the Quarles family

The surname Quarles was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Quarles family

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Quarles 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 Quarles have been found, including Quarles, Quarell, Quarrells and others.

Early Notables of the Quarles family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Francis Quarles (1592-1644), an English poet, best known for his Emblem book aptly entitled Emblems; and John Quarles (1625-1665), an English poet, one of the eighteen children of Francis Quarles who...
  • Charles Quarles (died 1727), was an English musician who graduated Mus. Bac. at Cambridge in 1698. He was appointed organist of Trinity College, Cambridge. 1

Quarles Ranking

In the United States, the name Quarles is the 2,442nd most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. 2

Ireland Migration of the Quarles family to Ireland

Some of the Quarles 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.

United States Quarles 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 Quarles, or a variant listed above:

Quarles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Quarles, who landed in Virginia in 1658 3
  • Anthony Quarles, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 3
Quarles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Quarles, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 3
Quarles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • G W Quarles, aged 43, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892
Quarles Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma Quarles, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Carrie Adelaide Quarles, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • E. S. Quarles, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Helen V. Quarles, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Edward Quarles, who settled in America, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Quarles (post 1700) +

  • Benjamin Arthur Quarles (1904-1996), American historian, administrator, scholar, educator, and writer
  • Randal Keith Quarles (b. 1957), American economist, Vice Chair for Supervision of the Federal Reserve (2017-)
  • William Andrew Quarles (1825-1893), American Tennessee lawyer, politician, railroad executive, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Greenfield Quarles (1847-1921), American Confederate States Army and United States Army soldier, judge, and one of the founders of the Sigma Nu fraternity
  • Donald Aubrey Quarles (1894-1959), American senior communications engineer with Bell Telephone Laboratories and Western Electric, United States Deputy Secretary of Defense (1957-1959), recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tunstal Quarles (1781-1857), American lawyer and politician
  • Joseph Very Quarles (1843-1911), American politician of the Republican Party who served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin
  • James Minor Quarles (1823-1901), American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives
  • J. B. Quarles, American politician, Mayor of Anderson, South Carolina, 1937 4
  • Donald A. Quarles, American Republican politician, Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey; Elected 1945 4
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook