Carner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Carner is derived from the Welsh word "karn," which means "a pile of stones," such as was often used to mark a burial site. The forebears that initially bore the name Carner likely lived by a notable heap of stones.

There may be a ancient Norman connection to the name as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae notes "Robert and Geoffry le Caron, Normandy, 1180-95." [1]

Early Origins of the Carner family

The surname Carner was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where the "family claim descent from Ithel, King of Ghent, now Monmouthshire. Thomas o'r Gare, youngest son of Ithel, King of Ghent, was brought up at one of his father's seats called Pencarne (from pen, the head, and carne, a rock, a heap of stones), whence he was named Game, which continues the surname of the family." [2] [3]

Early History of the Carner family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carner research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 156 and 1561 are included under the topic Early Carner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carner Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society in the 15th century. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Carner has seen various spelling variations: Carn, Carne and others.

Early Notables of the Carner family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Carner migration to the United States +

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Carner:

Carner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Carner, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [4]
  • James Carner, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
Carner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Neal Carner, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carner (post 1700) +

  • JoAnne Gunderson Carner (b. 1939), former American PGA professional golfer who had 43 victories on the LPGA Tour, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
  • Joan Reventós i Carner (1927-2004), Catalan politician, the 10th President of the Parliament of Catalonia (1995–1999), Spanish Ambassador to France from 1983 to 1986
  • Mosco Carner (1904-1985), born Mosco Cohen, an Austrian-born British musicologist, conductor and critic
  • Josep Carner i Puig-Oriol (1884-1970), Catalan poet, journalist, playwright and translator, often referred to as "the Prince of Catalan Poets"


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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)


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