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The name Carbonell has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for a person with a dark complexion or dark hair deriving its origin fom the Latin word carbo, which means charcoal.

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The surname Carbonell was first found in Normandy. where this distinguished family were sires of Cerisy in the arrondissement of St-Lo.

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Carbonell were recorded, including Carbonel, Carbonellus, Carbonell, Charbonell, Charbonellus, Carbonnell, Carbonall, Carbonal and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carbonell research. Another 389 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1130, 1145, 1175, 1273, 1500, and 1654 are included under the topic Early Carbonell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Carbonell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Carbonell arrived in North America very early:

Carbonell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jaime Carbonell, aged 33, landed in Puerto Rico in 1804
  • Jose Antonio Carbonell, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • I Carbonell, aged 40, landed in New Orleans, La in 1823
  • In Carbonell, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • Juan Carbonell, aged 35, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1831


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  • John Carbonell, American politician, Mayor of Key West, Florida, 1945, 1950-51
  • Frederico Carbonell, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1912
  • Nestor Carbonell (b. 1967), American actor
  • William Carbonell, Commissioner of Police of Malaya
  • Juan Carlos Carbonell (b. 1970), Chilean open wheel racecar driver
  • Marguerite Carbonell, Knight of Arts and Literature, Ceramist, Paris


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