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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Carr is derived from the Gaelic name O'Ciarain or O'Ceirin, which itself comes from the Gaelic word ciar, which means black or dark brown.

Carr Early Origins



The surname Carr was first found in Lancashire (located in northwest England and dates back to 1180), where one of the earliest records of a progenitor of the Clan was a John Ker, hunter, resident of Soonhope in 1190 AD. He is believed to have received a grant of land from the Crown and settled in the Border country of Scotland soon after the Norman invasion moved northwards. Within a century, two main branches evolved from two brothers, Ralph and John who lived near Jedburgh in c. 1330. They were both listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as having descended from the Norman Karre. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
The Kerrs of Cessford were descended from Ralph, and the Kerrs of Ferniehurst were descended from John.

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Carr Spelling Variations


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Carr Spelling Variations



The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Carr has also been spelled Kerr, Car, Carr, Ker, Cearr (Gaelic) and many more.

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Carr Early History


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Carr Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carr research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1205, 1264, 1296, 1350, 1553, 1609, 1606, 1570, 1650, 1616, 1578, 1654, 1570, 1650, 1675, 1605, 1675, 1615, 1684, 1624, 1690, 1680, 1741, 1600, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Carr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carr Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carr Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Mark Kerr (1553-1609), of Ferniehurst, who was made 1st Earl of Lothian in 1606; Robert Ker (1570-1650) of Cessford, who was created the 1st Earl of Roxburghe in 1616; Robert Kerr (or Carr), 1st Earl of Ancram (c. 1578-1654), a Scottish nobleman and...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carr In Ireland


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Carr In Ireland



Some of the Carr family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 297 words (21 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first North American settlers with Carr name or one of its variants:

Carr Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Carr, who landed in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Caleb Carr (1624-1695), aged 11, arrived in America in 1635 aboard the ship Elizabeth and Anne; he rose to become the 16th Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in 1695
  • Rich Carr, aged 29, landed in America in 1635
  • Antho Carr, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Fran Carr, who landed in Virginia in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catherine Carr, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Thomas Carr, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • John Carr settled in Virginia in 1716
  • Conrad Carr, who arrived in North Carolina in 1764
  • Michael Carr, who arrived in America in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Carr, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Jos Carr, who landed in America in 1805
  • John Carr, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Charles Carr, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Alexander Carr, who landed in America in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christian Carr, who landed in Arkansas in 1904

Carr Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Carr at St. John's, Newfoundland in the late 1700's [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Henry Carr, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Nicholas Carr, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliza Carr, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mrs. Carr, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Carr, who landed in Prince Edward Island in 1817
  • Bridget Carr, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • David Carr, who landed in Canada in 1830
  • Eliza Carr, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • William Carr, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Miss M Carr, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Carr Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Carr, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • Henry Carr arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Emily Carr arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Maria Carr arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm
  • Robert Carr arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carr Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Carr landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Robert C. Carr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Edmund Carr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Emma Carr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Ebenezer Carr arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Carr (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Carr (post 1700)



  • Charmian Carr (1942-2016), born Charmian Anne Farnon, an American actress and singer best known for her role as Liesl, in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music
  • David Michael Carr (1956-2015), American writer, columnist, and author for the New York Times
  • Brigadier-General Lawrence Joseph Carr (1899-1972), American Commanding General 7th Bomber Command (1944-1945)
  • Catherine Carr (b. 1954), American Olympic Swimmer, recipient of two gold medals in 1972 Olympic Games
  • Archie Fairly Carr KCVO (1909-1987), American herpetologist, ecologist and a pioneering conservationist
  • Vikki Carr (b. 1941), born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona, American Grammy Award-winning entertainer
  • Mary Carr, American Republican politician, Candidate for Arizona State House of Representatives 23rd District, 1998
  • Michael Carr, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980
  • Mike Carr (b. 1947), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • Milton Robert Carr (b. 1943), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1975-81, 1983-95; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1980; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1994
  • ... (Another 165 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Carr Historic Events


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Carr Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master George  Carr (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary  Carr (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Ernest Allen Phipps  Carr (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Henry Carr (1872-1914), English Miner from Farnworth& Kearsley, Lancashire,, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. John William Aaron Carr (1917-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Manly, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Carr (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Trimdon Grange, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Jack Carr, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Richard Stephen Carr (d. 1912), aged 37, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Jane Carr (d. 1912), aged 47, Irish Third Class passenger from Aclare, Sligo who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Carr


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Suggested Readings for the name Carr



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Amasa Carr by Charles Carr.

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Motto



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: Sero sed serio
Motto Translation: Late but in earnest.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CANTON 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Canton.htm

Other References

  1. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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The Carr Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carr 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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