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Charles Family Crest and Name History

 Origins Available: English, French

 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 Australia where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?

Charles is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from Carl, derived from the personal name which means man.
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
  • Jacques Alexandre César Charles (1746-1823), French physicist
  • Edward Stuart Charles (1720-1788), AKA Bonnie Prince Charlie of Scotland
  • Mary Eugenia Charles (b. 1919), politician
  • John Charles (b. 1932), Welsh soccer player
  • Robert Charles (b. 1936), New Zealand golfer
  • Karl Ludwig Johann Charles (1771-1847), archduke of Austria

Family Crests: the Heraldic Artist

We have researched the Charles family crest in the most recognized sources. Before an artist or craftsman can render a family crest, it must exist. In other words the crest must have been designed and recorded by the heralds from time immemorial.

Heraldic designs matriculated by the lay-artist in many cases becomes   uninspired, meretricious and even ugly…

Family Crests: Timeline

Many of the symbols adopted into armoury have been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians, but heraldry itself did not begin until the 11th century. In continental Europe, the most ancient recorded family crest was discovered upon the monumental effigy of a Count of Wasserburg in the church of St. Emeran, at Ratisobon, Germany…

Family Crests: Elements

 In the Charles coat of arms as in all coat of arms the crest is only one element of the full armorial achievement. Again the Family Crest is just part of the story of Coats of Arms or Heraldry. Heraldry is defined as the hereditary art or science of blazoning, the description is appropriate technical terms of Coats-of-Arms and other heraldic and armorial insignia, and is of very ancient origin…

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