Origin of the Name Charlton
The ancient history of the name Charlton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Charlton is a locational name from 19 parishes in England and places in Scotland called Carleton in the shires of Kirkcudbright, Wigtown, and Ayr. Variants of this ancient name include Charltan, Carlton, Chorlton, Carlin, Charleton and Carleton. This name is of Anglo- Celtic origin and is found throughout England , Ireland , Scotland and Wales and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Richard de Churleton of County Suffolk who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Johanna Cherleton was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland a Duncan de Carletone of Ayrshire rendered homage in the year 1296.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the names Charlton and Charleton are associated with Counties Sligo, Tyrone and Fermanagh where they became established during the seventeenth century.
The Charlton 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 Charlton descendants.