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Where did the English Carder family come from? What is the English Carder family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carder family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carder family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Carder comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who worked as a carder. The surname denotes the occupation of a carder of wool, an occupation frequented by women during medieval times.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Carder include Carder, Cardere, Cardar, Cardare, Carderre and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carder research. Another 420 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1379, 1500, 1570, 1670, and 1750 are included under the topic Early Carder History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Carder or a variant listed above:

Carder Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Carder who arrived in Boston in 1636
  • Richard Carder, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636

Carder Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Step Carder, who arrived in Virginia in 1701

Carder Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • D D Carder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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  • Clarence Carder, American university administrator
  • Frederick Carder (1863-1963), American artist and glassmaker
  • Ricky "Tank" Carder Jr. (b. 1989), American football linebacker
  • Alex Carder (b. 1989), American football quarterback
  • Kenneth Lee Carder (b. 1940), retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church
  • Muriel Spurgeon Carder (b. 1922), Canadian Baptist who was the first woman ordained as a Baptist minister in Ontario


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  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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The Carder Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carder Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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