Show ContentsCarpentier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Carpentier finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a carpenter derived from the Old French word carpentier. [1]

The name was quite popular in Normandy as seen in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae which listed Robert, Gaufrid, Ansketel, Richard, William, Bernard Carpentarius, of Normandy, 1180-95. This Latin form of the name continued into England where Reiner, Adam, Roger, William Carpentarius, of England were listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1189. In fact the Domesday Book of 1086 included Durand Carpentarius, a tenant in capite, Norfolk, and Rabel and Roger Carpentarius at the same time. The latter gave lands to Stoke-Clare Priory, 1090. William Carpentarius was father of Henry and Manasser Biset, Barons t. Henry II. [2]

Early Origins of the Carpentier family

The surname Carpentier was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 which listed Ricardus Carpentarius, Cambridgeshire; and Hugh le Charpenter, Wiltshire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes Carpenter, wryght; and Willelmus Wryght, carpenter. [3]

Moving ahead two centuries, researchers found John Carpenter (1370?-1441?), Town Clerk of London, son of Richard Carpenter, a citizen of London. "On 20 April 1417 he was chosen town clerk or common clerk of the city, after having held an inferior post in the town clerk's office for some years previously. " [4]

John Carpenter (d. 1476), Bishop of Worcester was born probably at Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire. [4]

Early History of the Carpentier family

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Carpentier Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Carpentier family name include Carpenter, Carpentar, Carpenters, Carpentier and many more.

Early Notables of the Carpentier family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Alexander Carpenter, Latinized as Fabricius (fl. 1429), author of the 'Destructorium Vitiorum,' a treatise which enjoyed a considerable popularity in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, was six times printed before 1516, and was finally reprinted (at Venice) as late as 1582. [4] John Carpenter (d. 1621), was a divine, born in Cornwall, it is believed at Launceston, and entered as a batler at Exeter College about 1570. [4] Richard Carpenter (1575-1627), was a divine, born in Cornwall in 1575. Nathaniel Carpenter (1589-1628?), was an author and philosopher, son of John Carpenter (d. 1591), rector of Northleigh, Devonshire...
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Carpentier World Ranking

In the United States, the name Carpentier is the 10,524th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Carpentier is ranked the 506th most popular surname. [6] And in France, the name Carpentier is the 120th popular surname with an estimated 24,541 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Carpentier family to Ireland

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United States Carpentier migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Carpentier surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Carpentier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Carpentier, aged 12, settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Pierre Carpentier, aged 12, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [8]

Canada Carpentier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carpentier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Claude Carpentier, son of Florent and Marie, who married Marguerite De Sainte-Foye, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 24th August 1671 [9]
Carpentier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexis Carpentier, son of Claude and Marguerite, who married Marie Marien, daughter of Louis and Françoise, in Quebec on 26th April 1701 [9]
  • Jean-Baptiste Carpentier, son of Claude and Marguerite, who married Marie-Françoise Gentil, daughter of Denis and Marie, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 18th April 1701 [9]
  • François Carpentier, son of Claude and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Béland, daughter of Jean and Geneviève, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 17th January 1707 [9]
  • Antoine Carpentier, son of Claude and Marguerite, who married Marie-Thérèse Maillou, daughter of Joseph and Suzanne, in Quebec on 21st May 1708 [9]
  • Etienne Carpentier, son of Noel and Jeanne, who married Marie-Madeleine Rouillard, daughter of Mathieu and Jeanne, in Champlain, Quebec on 10th January 1714 [9]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Carpentier (post 1700) +

  • Sue Carpentier, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2008
  • Horace Walpole Carpentier (1824-1918), American politician, Mayor of Oakland, California, 1854-55; President of telegraph companies which developed a system of telegraph lines in California and connecting to the Eastern U.S. Philanthropist;
  • Frank Carpentier (b. 1840), American Democratic Party politician, Merchant; Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Colchester, 1888
  • Charles Francis Carpentier (1896-1964), American Republican politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Movie theater operator; Mayor of East Moline, Illinois, 1929-39; Member of Illinois State Senate 33rd District, 1939-53;
  • General Marcel-Maurice Carpentier (1895-1977), French Inspector-General of Infantry Commander in Chief NATO Central Europe (1956) [10]
  • Alain Carpentier (b. 1933), French surgeon and co-winner of the 2007 Lasker Award for clinical medical research
  • Edouard Carpentier (1926-2010), Canadian professional wrestler who garnered several world championships in a career that spanned the 1950s into the 1970s
  • Jules Carpentier (1851-1921), French engineer and designer of the submarine periscope
  • Georges Carpentier (1894-1975), World Champion French boxer awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Médaille Militaire for his service as an aviator during World War 1
  • Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980), Cuban Prose writer, musicologist, and cultural historian awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (1978) and the Medici Prize (1979)

The Carpentier 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.

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  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  8. 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)
  9. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  10. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 3) Marcel-Maurice Carpentier. Retrieved from on Facebook