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Where did the French Carrier family come from? What is the French Carrier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carrier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carrier family history?

The name Carrier has a history dating as far back as the early portion of the Middle Ages. It was a Languedoc name for a carter. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Carrier was originally from the Old French word carrier, which means carter.


French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Carrier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Carrier, Carier, Carrié, Carié, Carriey, Carriay, Carryer, Caryer, Carriaie, Carriais, Cariaie, Cariais, De Carrier, De Carier, De Carrié, De Carié, De Carriey, De Carriay, De Carryer, De Caryer, De Carraie, De Carriais, De Cariaie, De Cariais, Du Carrier, Du Carier, Du Carrié, Du Carié, Du Carriey, Du Carriay, Du Carryer, Du Caryer, Du Carriaie, Du Carriais, Du Cariaie, Du Cariais, Le Carrier, Le Carier and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrier research. Another 541 words (39 lines of text) covering the years 1683, 1825, 1662 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Carrier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Carrier. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Carrier were

Carrier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Carrier settled in Nevis in 1654
  • Thomas Carrier settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Carrier, who came to Maryland in 1662
  • John Carrier, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • Thomas Carrier, who landed in New England in 1665

Carrier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Carrier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Joseph Carrier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Germain Carrier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Charles Ignace Carrier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756
  • Charles Ignace Carrier, an Acadian, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756

Carrier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Carrier, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1822
  • Archibald Carrier, aged 45 settled in Philadelphia in 1822
  • Arthur Carrier settled in Philadelphia in 1865
  • Flora Carrier, aged 40 settled in Philadelphia in 1865 with 2 children

  • Jean-Baptiste Carrier settled in Québec

Carrier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Carrier, who is on record in Montreal in 1660

Carrier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Carrier married Jeanne Samson in Québec in 1705
  • Louis Carrier married Marie-Anne Guay in Québec in 1744
  • Robert Carrier, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ignace Carrier married Véronique Carrier in Québec in 1753
  • Green Carrier, who arrived in Annapolis, Nova Scotia in 1782

Carrier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Carrier, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Carrier, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia


  • John Mark Carrier (b. 1965), former professional American NFL football wide receiver
  • George F. Carrier (1918-2002), American mathematician and Professor Emeritus at Harvard University
  • James Darel Carrier (b. 1940), American former professional basketball player and gold medalist at the 1967 Pan American Games
  • Corey Thomas Carrier (b. 1980), American child actor, best known as playing Indiana Jones in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
  • Ronald Edvin Carrier, American academic, President of the Madison College in Harrisburg, Virginia
  • Willis Haviland Carrier (1876-1950), American inventor, who invented the air conditioner in 1911, awarded the ASME Medal in 1934, founder of the Carrier Corporation in 1915
  • Richard Carrier (b. 1969), American freelance writer, researcher and translator
  • Albert-Ernest Carrier -Belleuse (1824-1887), French sculptor
  • Louis-Anthelme Carrier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Louis Carrier (1889-1969), French Commanding Officer during World War II



  • Descendants of George S. Carrier and Mariah Foresman by Wilma May Myers.
  • Some Descendants of Thomas Carrier of Andover and Billerica, Massachusetts, Who Died in Colchester, Connecticut, May 16, 1735, and His Wife Martha (Allen) Carrier, Who, As a Result of the Infamous Witch Trials, Was Hung at Salem, Massachusetts on August 19, 1692 by George S. May.

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The Carrier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carrier 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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