The many generations and branches of the Capenter 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 carpenter
derived from the Old French word carpentier.
Early Origins of the Capenter family
The surname Capenter was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Capenter family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Capenter research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1121, 1649, 1714, 1673 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Capenter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Capenter 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 Capenter were recorded, including Carpenter, Carpentar, Carpenters, Carpentier and many more.
Early Notables of the Capenter family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Carpenter (1649-1714), Deputy Governor of colonial Pennsylvania; born in Horsham, Sussex
, he left England
in 1673 for the colony of Quakers in... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Capenter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Capenter family to Ireland
Some of the Capenter 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Capenter family to the New World and Oceana
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 Capenter family emigrate to North America: Philip Carpenter was a fisherman at Cape Elizabeth, Ambrose Carpenter was a merchant in Hampton, and John Carpenter was living in the town of Saco during the 17th century.
The Capenter 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: Per acuta belli
Motto Translation: Through the asperities of war.