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Origin of the Name Carleton

The Carleton family history was found in the archives. The name Carleton is usually a variant form of the name Carolan which has a number of other variants including Carolane and Carlton. There are two distinct Gaelic septs in Ireland from which these names are derived. O'Caireallain was Chief of Clan Diarmada, from which comes the name of the parish of Clondermot in County Derry. O'Caireallain assumed the anglicized form of Carleton and Carlin as well as Carolan. The separate sept of O'Cearbhallain was also of Northern origin, being located chiefly in Cavan and Monaghan, from where they crossed into the Leinster County of Meath. The Mediaeval ecclesiastical records of the dioceses of Raphoe and Derry contain the names of many priests called O'Carolan, three of whom were Bishops of Derry in the thirteenth century.
The Carleton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Carleton descendants.
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