CARLISLE Family History
This interesting name is of English origin, and is a locational surname from a place so called in Cumberland. The original name of this place was recorded as "Luguvall(i)um" in 425, according to "Bocking's Notices of Rank"; as "Luel", circa 1050, in "St. Cuthberts History"; and as "Caerleoil" in the Pipe Rolls of Cumberland in 1130. The original name is generally explained as meaning "the wall of the god Lugus". The Old Welsh form is "Caer liwelyd", "caer" being the Celtic word for a castle or a fort.