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This interesting surname with variant spellings Carlow, Carlo, Carlaw, etc., is a dialectal variant of the locational names Callow in Derbyshire and Hertfordshire, deriving from the old English pre 7th Century "calu" meaning "bere" plus "hlaw" "hill", hence "bare hill", or Calow in Derbyshire, deriving from the old English pre 7th Century "calu" plus "halh" meaning "corner of land", "water meadow". It may also be a topographical name deriving from the old English pre 7th century "carr" meaning "rock", "stone" plus "hlaew", "burial mound" (sometimes used as meeting-places). The surname dates back to the early 17th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one Thomas Carlo who married Mary Harwood at St...

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