This is a surname which is recorded in every European country in one of many spellings. Originally it was an Italian derivative of the pre 5th century Olde German personal name, "Jarl" meaning "man", or more specifically a freeman, a holder of lands. In the Dark Ages between the end of the Roman Empire in 410 a.d., and the development of the first French (Gallic) Empire under 'Charlemagne' - the great Charles, in the 9th century, various German tribes such as the Huns, the Goths, the Vizigoths, the Vandals, and others invaded all parts of the continent, taking away great booty and leaving behind some settlers who introduced their personal names to the local populations. This name recorded in over one hundred spellings is perhaps the most famous of all. The Normans, who invaded England in 1066 brought the latinized form of the name "Carolus or Karolus", to add to the English 'Ceorl', and the name also penetrated as far south as Greece where it was recorded as 'Kirlos or Cirlos'. The earliest of all recordings are to be found in England, the first country to adopt hereditary surnames, the name as a personal name being first recorded there in the 1208 charters of the county of Norfolk. The French form of the name "Charles", was recorded in 1253, when Nicholas Charles appears in the rolls of St Bartholomews Hospital, London. Modern spellings of the surname include Carle, Charle, Chasle (France), Carlo, Carlisi, Carlesi, Caroli, (Italy) Carlos, Carli, (Spain), Keerl, Carles (Germany), De Carlo, Di Carlo (Italy) Karlik, Karoly, (Hungarian), and many, many, more. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Corlin Charles, which was dated 1250, the Fees Court of the county of Suffolk, England, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as 'The Frenchman', reigned 1216 - 1272. 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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