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Definitions for Carlisle
kɑrˈlaɪl, ˈkɑr laɪlcarlisle

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  1. Carlislenoun

    A city in north-western England, the county town of Cumbria and formerly of Cumberland.


  1. Carlisle

    Carlisle ( kar-LYLE, locally KAR-lyle; from Cumbric: Caer Luel) is a cathedral city and civil parish in Cumbria, England, of which it is the county town. It is located 8 miles (13 km) south of the Scottish border at the confluence of the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril. Carlisle is also the administrative centre of the City of Carlisle district which, (along with Cumbria County Council) will be replaced by Cumberland Council in April 2023. The city became an established settlement during the Roman Empire to serve forts on Hadrian's Wall. During the Middle Ages, the city was an important military stronghold due to its proximity to the Kingdom of Scotland. Carlisle Castle, still relatively intact, was built in 1092 by William Rufus, served as a prison for Mary, Queen of Scots in 1568 and now houses the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and the Border Regiment Museum. In the early 12th century, Henry I allowed a priory to be built. The priory gained cathedral status with a diocese in 1133, the city status rules at the time meant the settlement became a city. From the 12th to the 19th centuries, there are many legends and folkloric stories on the Carle (a variant of the Old Norse word for "free man") of Carlisle and his castle. It was the main setting for the tale of Sir Gawain, a nephew of King Arthur, a legend from the Dark Ages. In the 19th century, the introduction of textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution began a process of socioeconomic transformation in Carlisle, which developed into a densely populated mill town. This, combined with its strategic position, allowed for the development of Carlisle as an important railway town, with seven railway companies sharing Carlisle railway station. Nicknamed the 'Great Border City', Carlisle today is the main cultural, commercial and industrial centre in the Borderlands. It is home to the main campuses of the University of Cumbria and a variety of museums and heritage centres.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Carlisle

    county town of Cumberland, on the Eden; a great railway centre; with an old castle of historical interest, and a cathedral founded by William Rufus and dedicated to Henry I.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. carlisle

    A frontier town of England, in the county of Cumberland, wherein for many ages a strong garrison was kept. Just below this town the famous Picts’ wall began, which crossed the whole island to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and here also ended the great Roman highway. The castle was destroyed by the Danes, 875, restored in 1092 by William II.; was the prison of Mary, queen of Scots, in 1568. Taken by the Parliamentary forces, in 1645, and by the young Pretender, November 15, 1745; retaken by the Duke of Cumberland, December 30, same year. The cathedral was almost ruined by Cromwell in 1648.

  2. carlisle

    Capital of Cumberland Co., Pa. This town was shelled by the Confederates, July, 1863.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Carlisle is ranked #1763 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Carlisle surname appeared 20,365 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Carlisle.

    79.3% or 16,151 total occurrences were White.
    15% or 3,069 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 440 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 436 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 163 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 108 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Carlisle in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Carlisle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Carlisle in a Sentence

  1. Asia Ista Gi:

    We got tired of waiting for someone to be our advocate so we had to become our own advocate. We saw a change that we needed so we became the change, one little spark of the youth group, visiting Carlisle sparked a whole( Sicangu Lakota) nation down here.

  2. Diane Warren:

    Since 80 was in the title I got a crazy idea, why not get some of the most iconic singers from the 80s, who are still amazing and always will be, to all sing it?!!!! Everyone I approached said yes and was just as excited as me!!, i’m honored to have Dolly Parton, Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry on this song!! ‘Gonna Be You’ is that song you want to sing along to with all your good friends!!!

  3. Dolly Parton:

    I’m so excited to be a part of 80 for Brady and the Diane Warren title song for it. Working with Jane, Lily, and Sally Field again, my older pals that are in the movie, and then working with all the wonderful artists on the song and video, like Belinda Carlisle, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan and Debbie Harry was a joy, this is very exciting to me. I love feeling like I’m still part of something great and being with those gals that we know are great was a thrill.

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  • Rocky King
    Rocky King
    I think it was a reference to Henry the first. Was he seen as a stupid or silly man? Maybe something like that
    LikeReply8 years ago
  • Thomas Orlando
    Thomas Orlando
    In an episode of Dr. Who, entitled "Hide", the Dr. asks his companion, "What is the opposite of Bliss?" to which she replies, "Carlisle." I don't get it.
    LikeReply10 years ago

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