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The name Carpenter is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a carpenter derived from the Old French word carpentier.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Carpenter include Carpenter, Carpentar, Carpenters, Carpentier and many more.
First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carpenter research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1121, 1649, 1714, 1673 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Carpenter History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carpenter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Carpenter 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.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Carpenter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Agnes Carpenter, who landed in America in 1620
- Alexander Carpenter, who landed in America in 1620
- Dillen Carpenter, who arrived in America in 1620
- Julia Ann Carpenter, who landed in America in 1620
- Priscilla Carpenter, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
Carpenter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Carpenter was living in the town of Saco, Maine during the 17th century
- Emanuel Carpenter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1706
- Samuel Carpenter, who landed in New England in 1715
- Win Carpenter, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
- Soho Carpenter, who arrived in Georgia in 1733
Carpenter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Philip Carpenter was a fisherman at Cape Elizabeth
- Ambrose Carpenter was a merchant in Hampton
- Mr. Carpenter, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1822
- Michael Carpenter, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
- L Carpenter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
Carpenter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harold Frederick Carpenter, who landed in Colorado in 1904
Carpenter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Steph Carpenter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Sgt. Archelaus Carpenter U.E from North Castle, Westchester County, New York USA who settled in Canada c. 1783 he served in the King's American Regiment
- Mr. Archillis Carpenter U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York
- Mr. Coles Carpenter U.E who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as a passenger aboard the ship "Cyrus", picked up on August 21, 1783 at New York
- Mr. John Carpenter U.E who settled in Western District [The townships of Essex County and Kent County], Ontario c. 1783
Carpenter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Brian Carpenter, who arrived in Canada in 1834
- L. Carpenter, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Patrick Carpenter, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Ann Carpenter, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
- Margaret Carpenter, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin
Carpenter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Carpenter, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Carpenter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- Henry Gibbins Carpenter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
- Henry Gibbins Carpenter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "D'Auvergne" in 1839
- Henry Carpenter arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839
Carpenter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Holt Carpenter landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Robert Holt Carpenter, aged 23, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Harriet Carpenter, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- William Carpenter, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- George Carpenter arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
- Charles Congden Carpenter (1921-2016), American naturalist and herpetologist
- William "Kyle" Carpenter, American marine who received the Medal of Honer for his actions under combat in 2010
- Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900), American painter, best known for his painting First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, hanging in the United States Capitol
- Karen Anne Carpenter (1950-1983), American singer, drummer, and, with her brother, Richard, made up the band "The Carpenters," she suffered from anorexia nervosa, and died from heart failure due as a result of the illness
- Scott Carpenter (1925-2013), American Naval Officer and Mercury program astronaut, the second American to orbit the earth (May 24, 1962), known for his famous sendoff "Godspeed John Genn"
- John Carpenter (b. 1948), American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film score composer considered one of the most accomplished and influential horror and science fiction directors in Hollywood
- Bobby Carpenter (b. 1983), American professional NFL football linebacker
- Lieutenant General William Stanley Carpenter (b. 1937), American Army officer awarded the Distinguished Service Cross during the Vietnam war
- Ed Carpenter (b. 1981), Indy Racing League driver
- Harlean Harlow Carpenter (1911-1937), original name of Jean Harlow, the American film actress and top sex symbol of the 1930s
- Carpenter and Related Family Members Migrating from England by James Carpenter.
- Carpenters a Plenty by Robert C. Carpenter.
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.
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- Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
The Carpenter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carpenter 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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