Where did the English charles family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the charles family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. charles has been recorded under many different variations, including Charles, Carles, St. Charles and others.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name charles or a variant listed above: the family who settled at Brimfield, Massachusetts, about the year 1640. Dorothie Charles settled in Virginia in 1635; and Evan Charles settled in Antigua in 1679. John Charles settled in Virginia in 1634.
Motto Translated: Virtue increases honour.
Some noteworthy people of the name charles
* Rev. Harold Charles, Bishop of St. Asaph
* Jack Charles, Director
* Robert Charles, Keeper of the National Museum
* William Charles, Law lecturer.
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