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

The ancient name of Carpentier finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a carpenter derived from the Old French word carpentier.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Carpentier family name include Carpenter, Carpentar, Carpenters, Carpentier and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carpentier research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1121, 1649, 1714, 1673 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Carpentier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carpentier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Carpentier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 35 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Carpentier surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Carpentier Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Carpentier, aged 12, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Carpentier, aged 12, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

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  • Georges Carpentier (1894-1975), World Champion French boxer awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille Militaire for his service as an aviator during World War 1
  • Jules Carpentier (1851-1921), French engineer and designer of the submarine periscope
  • Edouard Carpentier (1926-2010), Canadian professional wrestler who garnered several world championships in a career that spanned the 1950s into the 1970s
  • Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), Cuban Prose writer, musicologist, and cultural historian awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (1978) and the Medici Prize (1979)
  • Alain Carpentier (b. 1933), French surgeon and co-winner of the 2007 Lasker Award for clinical medical research
  • General Marcel-Maurice Carpentier (1895-1977), French Inspector-General of Infantry Commander in Chief NATO Central Europe (1956)


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per acuta belli
Motto Translation: Through the asperities of war.

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The Carpentier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carpentier 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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