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Where did the English Quarles family come from? What is the English Quarles family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quarles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quarles family history?

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.


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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quarles research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1420, 1592, 1644, 1625 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Quarles History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quarles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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
  • Anthony Quarles, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Quarles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Quarles, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Quarles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • G W Quarles, aged 43, who emigrated 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 emigrated 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


  • James Minor Quarles (1823-1901), American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Joseph Very Quarles (1843-1911), American politician of the Republican Party who served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin
  • Tunstal Quarles (1781-1857), American lawyer and politician
  • 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
  • Benjamin Arthur Quarles (1904-1996), African-American historian, administrator, scholar, educator, and writer
  • Greenfield Quarles (1847-1921), American Confederate States Army and United States Army soldier, judge, and one of the founders of the Sigma Nu fraternity
  • William Andrew Quarles (1825-1893), American Tennessee lawyer, politician, railroad executive, and a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • William Daniel Quarles Jr. (b. 1948), United States District Judge on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland


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The Quarles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quarles 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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