Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of the numerous places
called Charlton, mainly in southern England, from Old English
Ceorlatūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of the
peasants’. Old English ceorl denoted originally a free peasant
of the lowest rank, later (but probably already before the Norman
conquest) a tenant in pure villeinage, a serf or bondsman.
- Irish: altered form of Carlin.
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