Last name: Carlton
This interesting surname, of combined Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon origin, is a locational name from any of the numerous places called Carlton or Carleton found all over England, but particularly in the north and east parts of the country, where there were many Scandinavian settlements. The placename means "the settlement or village of the free peasants", derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "ceorlatun", which became Scandinavianised to "karlatun". The component elements of the name are the Olde English "ceorl" (Old Norse "karl"), free peasant, villein, and the Olde English "tun", village or settlement. Locational surnames were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Early examples of the surname include: Geoffrey de Karlton (Bedfordshire, 1273) and Anabella de Carleton (Yorkshire, 1379). Mary Carlton, aged 23 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Bonaventure" bound for Virginia in January 1634, was one of the earliest recorded namebearers to settle in the New World. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald de Karleton, which was dated 1272, in the "Lincolnshire Hundred Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Perhaps the most famous 'Carlton' is the AFL team in Australia. Long, proud history. Huge supporter base. Regarded as the rich snobs of the league.
P. (Carlton) Ross
I was born a Carlton in Saginaw, Michigan (Sept. 1946), my father was David H. Carlton; adopted as a toddler, I've never known my blood family.
I am an Illinois Carlton. Father Harold R.; Grandfather Charles Richard Carlton born California. G-G Charles E.
Never met a Carlton other than my own blood line.
I often wondered about the Hotels history too.
It is a proud name! :-)
I was surprised to read that a "Mary Carlton" was one of the first Carltons in America many years ago. I also wondered how the name came about and how so many hotels usually the top end of the budget scale - I like the name very much and hope to keep it forever (it is my single name too) and also was my Grandmother's name.
I am a Carlton by birth residing in Ohio. My family originated from West Virginia and North Carolina.