Carrec History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Carrec family
The surname Carrec was first found in Yorkshire where the name is "derived from an occupation. 'the carrier,' a carter. This surname barely exists in England. I do not find it in leading English directories. But it has crossed the Atlantic and is found occasionally in the States. " 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Cariour, Wright; Johannes Kerrear; and Johannes Charyer. 
Interestingly, early records show Robert de Carier as holding lands in Cumberland in 1332. 
Early History of the Carrec family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrec research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1455, 1487, 1566, 1614, 1582, 1586 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Carrec History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Carrec Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Carrec has appeared include Carier, Carrier, Carriere and others.
Early Notables of the Carrec family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Carier . (1566-1614), English Catholic controversialist, born in Kent. He was the son of Anthony Carier, a learned minister of the church...
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Migration of the Carrec family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Carrec arrived in North America very early: John Carrier, who came to Maryland in 1662; Jean Carrier, who is on record in Montreal in 1660; Charles Ignace Carrier, an Acadian, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756.
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)