Carlson Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Carlson Surname Name Meaning, History & Etymology

German, Scandinavian meaning relationship name from the personal name of Carl or Karl + sohn ‘son’. It is derived from the Germanic personal name of Carl which means man. Otherwise the son of Carl (man). Possibly originated with the immigration of German miners into the countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the 16th century.

Spelling Variations

Charleston, Charleson, Charlson, Cherlson, Churlson, Carlsen, Carlsson, Karlson, Charlestone

Popularity & Geographic Distribution

Early Bearers of the Surname

Henry ke Karle 1273 County, Yorkshire; Robert Carlesonne 1273 Cambridge; William Carlson 1379 Yorkshire; Elizabeth Carlson 1556 Penrith, Cumb; Paull Carlson 1622 Snaith, WR, Yorkshire; Franiciseus Carlson 1639 Little Snoring, Norfolk; Hans Carlson 1763 Kingston upon Hull, ER Yorkshire; Timothy Carlson 1772 Whitwell, Norfolk; Joan Carlson 1804 Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland; Charles Carlsson 1823 Spitalfields, Middlesex; Augustus Carlsson 1881 Westminster, Middlesex (born in Sweden); Teador Carlsson 1881 Bloomsbury, Middlesex (born in Stockholm, Sweden; Henning Theodor Karlsen 1891 Kingston upon Hull, ER Yorkshire;

Carlson Surname General History

Carlson has Germanic origins and originates from the personal name of Karl or Carl meaning ‘man’, later during the medivial period it was latinized to Caolus and Charles. It was introduced into England by the Norman-French after the invasion of 1066, but did not become popular until the Stuart period around 1603. It was introduced into Scotland by the Stuarts during the 15th century. Another possible origin of the name is Anglo-Saxon which comes from the word ‘ceorl’ meaning a farmer or bondsman.


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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Écartelé au 1 d’azur au lion naissant d’or couronné du même tenant une épée d’argent garnie d’or aux 2 et 3 d’or à une couronne d’or en chef et trois boules mal-ordonnées d’azur en pointe au 4 d’azur au lion naissant de gueules couronné d’or supportant de sa patte dextre une boule du même Sur le tout d’argent à un homme d’armes armé de toutes pièces au naturel coiffé d’un turban d’argent tenant de sa main dextre une pique et de sa senestre un bouclier ovale d’argent ch de cinq losanges de sable appointée en croix Trois casques couronnés Cimiers 1° un bras armé au naturel mouv d’un demi-vol d’argent et déchargeant un pistolet au naturel en bande 2° l’homme d’armes issant 3° une épée d’argent garnie d’or entre deux bannières accostées d’argent le tout brochant sur six bannières de gueules bordées d’argent trois à dextre et trois à senestre Lambrequin à dextre d’or et d’azur à senestre d’argent et de gueules. English: English: Quarterly 1st azure of lion naissant or crowned of the same holding a sword argent hilt and pommell or 2nd and 3rd or with a crown or in chief and three balls disordered [1 2] azure in base 4th azure of lion naissant gules crowned or supporting in its paw dexter a ball of the same overall argent with a man of arms armed fully proper wearing on the head a turban argent holding in his dexter hand a pike [weapon] and in his sinister a small oval shield argent charged with five lozenges sable touching at the point in cross Crowned with three helmets Crests: 1st an arm armoured proper coming from a single wing argent and discharging a pistol proper bendwise 2nd the man of arms issuant 3rd a sword argent hilt and pommell or between two square flags side by side argent all covering over six square flags gules fimbriated argent three to the dexter and three to the sinister Mantling: to the dexter or and azure to the sinister argent and gules.
2) Suède – (Comtes, 1674. M. ét. en 1708) – Trianglé d’azur et d’or au moyen de deux traits horizontaux de trois traits diagonaux de dextre à senestre et de trois autres traits diagonaux de senestre à dextre Casque couronné Cimier un vol aux armes de l’écu. English: English: Triangular azure and or formed of two lines horizontal and three lines diagonal from dexter to the sinister and of three others lines diagonal from sinister to the dexter Crowned with a helmet Crest: a pair of wings with the arms of of the shield.
3) Suède – (An., 1719 et 1720) – D’or à une aigle de profil essorante au naturel sur une terrasse de sinople. English: English: Or with an eagle in profile soaring proper on a mount vert.
4) Danemark – (M. ét.) – De gueules à un deux bras parés d’azur mouv des flancs de l’écu les mains de carnation tenant une épée d’azur garnie d’or la pointe en bas Cimier un bras paré d’azur tenant une épée d’argent en pal. English: English: Gules with two arms clothed [dressed] azure coming of flanks of the shield the hands carnation holding a sword azure hilt and pommell or the base downwards Crest: an arm clothed [dressed] azure holding a sword argent palewise.
5) Danemark – (M. ét.) – D’azur à deux lions affrontés Casque couronné Cimier trois plumes d’autruche une d’or entre deux d’azur. English: English: Azure two lions affrontant [face to face] Crowned with a helmet Crest: three ostrich feathers an or between two azure.
6) (Edle von) – Hesse – (Rec. de nob., 25 juin 1827) – D’argent à trois roses de gueules Casque couronné Cimier une bannière de gueules accostée de douze pennons alternativement de gueules et d’argent Supports deux lions coiffés de casques sommés de sept plumes de faisan. English: English: Argent three roses gules Crowned with a helmet Crest: a square flag gules having to the sides twelve small triangular flags alternately gules and argent Supporters two lions wearing helmets surmounted by of seven feathers of a pheasant.
7) Danemark – (An., 4 fév. 1817) – Parti au 1 d’or à un faisceau de bâtons de couleur brunâtre lié en sautoir de gueules et ayant au milieu une flèche sans plumes au 2 d’azur à un buste d’homme posé de profil habillé d’or au rabat d’argent coiffé d’un bonnet pointu d’or retroussé de gueules Casque couronné Cimier le meuble du 1 tenu par deux bras armés au naturel Lambrequin d’or et d’azur. English: English: Per pale 1st or with a bundle of sticks of the colour brunatre tied [banded] saltirewise gules and having in the middle an arrow without feathers 2nd azure with a bust of a man placed in profile dressed or with flaps argent wearing on the head a hat pointed or turned up gules Crowned with a helmet Crest: the charges of the 1st held by two arms armed proper Mantling: or and azure.

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