This is an English place name. The name derives from the Old English pre 7th century "ceorl" meaning "a rustic, a countryman or laborer, a peasant, a rough, surly, ill-bred person or a boor". The Old English "ceorlatun" meant "settlement of the peasants". The surname is first recorded towards the end of the 12th century. One Hugh de Charleton is recorded in Northumberland (1333). In the middle Ages, Charl was used as a nickname for a bondman, villain, or a person of low birth and rude manners.