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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Mary Carlton
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.

joe444
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.

Jeanne Carlton
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! :-)

Kate Carlton
I'm from a family of Carltons and like many other Carltons my grandpa was born in Kentucky too. What I wonder though is why rich places use the name Carlton. I'm mostly Irish but I read on another website that some of the carltons moved to Ireland so I guess that makes sense.

p carlton
my name is carlton i have been wondering why so many hotels and substantial clubs etc.have held this name for decades.which seems to imply a level of luxury. how did this come about?? regards p carlton

Janel Carlton
I am a Carlton, whose nationality (Father) hail from the Isle of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean. I haven't ran into much Carlton's here in NY other than my family. It doesn't seem too common. Lol!

R. Carlton
I'm from a family of Carlton's that originated in the central Welsh marches.

Lindsey Carlton
Several of us Carlton's live here in Kentucky- The Bluegrass State. The grass isnt really blue, it would pretty freakin cool if it was tho,- huh?! Peace-

Gary Carlton
I am also a Kentucky Carlton. My parents are Leroy F and Rose Mary and my grandparents were Randall and Josephine all from Louisville.

D. Carlton
I am a Va. Carlton that married into The Carlton family. I have NO idea if we are kind or NOT. Anyone out there have any info? Trying to put a Family History together for him before we die. PLEASE HELP