Carver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The many generations and branches of the Carver family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a wood-carver or sculptor. The former occupation was more common than the latter. Chaucer describes a wood-carver in the late 13th century "Knight's Tale", writing, "Ne purteyour, ne kerver of images."

The surname Carver is derived from the Old English word ceorfan, which means to cut or to carve. However, the surname Carver may also be derived from the occupation of a ploughman. In this case, the surname Carver is derived from the Old French words charuier and caruier, which both mean ploughman. [1]

Early Origins of the Carver family

The surname Carver was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where Adam le Karver was listed in Devon and Richard le Kerver was found in Lincolnshire. [2]

Years later, the family was found much further to the north in Scotland where "payment was made to John Kerver, merchant of Scotland, 1476. Symon Karwur bound himself to the Abbey of Dunfermelyn in 1507 'for all and hail the dais of his lyfe that he sall remane and wirk in the abba in the craft of the wryt craft and repare all neidfull werkis of the samyn als far has he hafis knawlege' . Robert Carwor witnessed a precept of sasine at Scone, 1544." [3]

Important Dates for the Carver family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carver research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1290, 1505, 1203, 1275, 1490, 1567, 1576, 1621, 1620, 1607, 1608, 1710 and 1780 are included under the topic Early Carver History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carver Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Carver were recorded, including Carver, Carvere, Carvar, Carever, Carber, Kerver and many more.

Early Notables of the Carver family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert Carver (1490-1567), Scottish Renaissance monk and composer of Christian sacred music. John Carver (c.1576-1621), was leader of the 'Pilgrim fathers,' an Englishman and agent of the English congregational church at Leyden in Holland. When he sailed in the Mayflower (1620) he was 'of good age,' father of several children, one daughter being aged 14. In his time the name of Carver, alias Calver, was common in the midland counties, and the best conjecture is that he...
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Carver migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Carver family emigrate to North America:

Carver Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Carver, who arrived in Plymouth in 1620 with wife and servant, on the "Mayflower" (they would become one of the distinguished families of the US), their history can be found in Burke's
  • Catharine Carver, who arrived in America in 1620 [4]
  • Catherine Carver, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [4]
  • Grace Carver, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637
  • Richard Carver, who had sailed from Yarmouth in England in 1637 who had lived at Scratby, in Norfolk, in England. He settled in Watertown in Massachusetts
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carver Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ralph Carver, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [4]
  • Nicholas Carver, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
  • Jacob Carver, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1760 [4]
Carver Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Agner Carver, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Agnes Carver, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Michael Carver, aged 40, who landed in America in 1822 [4]
  • Patrick Carver, who arrived in Texas in 1835 [4]
  • James Carver, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873 [4]

Carver migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carver Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Carver, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Caleb Carver U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1778 [5]

Carver migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carver Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Carver, aged 56, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [6]

Carver migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Carver Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W.R. Carver, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1858
  • Mr. Robert William Carver, (b. 1845), aged 22, British grocer travelling from London aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" sailing to Auckland and Lyttelton, New Zealand on 29th July 1867 [7]
  • Mr. Richard Carver, (b. 1840), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary A. Carver, (b. 1843), aged 32, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [7]
  • Mr. William Carver, (b. 1864), aged 11, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Carver (post 1700)

  • Raymond Carver (1938-1988), American short story writer and poet
  • Jeffrey Carver (b. 1949), American science fiction author
  • George Washington Carver (1864-1943), American botanist and inventor
  • Eber S. Carver, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916
  • David K. Carver, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Alexandria, Indiana, 1869-70
  • Clifford N. Carver, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1944
  • Christopher Kim Carver, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 2008
  • Benjamin Carver, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1839
  • Barnabas Carver, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1805-06
  • Andrew Barnard Carver, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 14th District, 2002
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Carver family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William  Carver (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alfred John Carver (d. 1912), aged 28, English Third Class passenger from Southampton, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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