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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.


The surname Carpentier was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carpentier research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1121, 1649, 1714, 1673 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Carpentier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Carpenter (1649-1714), Deputy Governor of colonial Pennsylvania; born in Horsham, Sussex, he left England in 1673 for the colony of Quakers in...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carpentier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Carpentier 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 and printed products wherever possible.


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, arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Carpentier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Carpentier married Louise Sévigny in Québec in 1716
  • Joseph Carpentier, son of Médard and Jeanne Provencher married Marie-Joseph Limousin-Beaufort, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Joseph Dubois, in Quebec in 1749
  • Charles Carpentier, son of Etienne and Madeleine Rouillard married Ursule Dubord, daughter of Dominique and Françoise Turcot in Québec in 1759

  • General Marcel-Maurice Carpentier (1895-1977), French Inspector-General of Infantry Commander in Chief NATO Central Europe (1956)
  • 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 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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    Other References

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    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Carpentier Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carpentier 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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