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Scottish history reveals Carberry was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in the parish of Inveresk, Lothian, which was first recorded in the form Crebarrin, from the words Gaelic craobhm meaning "tree," and barran, meaning "hedge."

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The surname Carberry was first found in Midlothian, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Carberry has been spelled Carberry, Carbarry, Carbery, Carbray, Carbury, Carbrey, Carbry, Carby, Crebarin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carberry research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the year 1230 is included under the topic Early Carberry History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Carberry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Carberry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Carberry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hugh Carberry, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Carberry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Carberry, aged 22, landed in America in 1821
  • John Carberry, aged 48, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Ellen Carberry, aged 19, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Edward, James, John, Patrick, William Carberry arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1855

Carberry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Rose Carberry, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"

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  • James F. Carberry, American journalist
  • Joseph Eugene Carberry (1887-1961), American pioneer aviator
  • Matthew C. Carberry (1911-1986), Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco from 1956-1972
  • Michael Carberry, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912
  • Joseph Carberry, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Fond du Lac County 1st District, 1903-04
  • John P. Carberry, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire Governor's Council 2nd District, 1940, 1948
  • James F. Carberry, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1914
  • Glenn Carberry, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 2nd District, 1988
  • John Joseph Cardinal Carberry (1904-1998), American Roman Catholic bishop and Cardinal
  • Robert Carberry (b. 1931), former Scottish footballer

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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Carberry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carberry 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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