Show ContentsCarriere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Carriere 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 Carriere was originally from the Old French word "carrier," which means "carter".

Early Origins of the Carriere family

The surname Carriere was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.

The name was first found in Canada with Jean Carrier in 1670. 1 Jean was born in France in 1640 and is the son of Jean and Jeanne (née Dodier). After arriving in Quebec he married Barbe Halay, daughter of Jean and Mathurine (née Vallet), on 14th November 1670. 2

Early History of the Carriere family

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Carriere Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Carriere 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.

Early Notables of the Carriere family

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Carriere World Ranking

In the United States, the name Carriere is the 13,330th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3 However, in Canada, the name Carriere is ranked the 368th most popular surname with an estimated 12,520 people with that name. 4 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Carriere is the 284th popular surname. 5 France ranks Carriere as 729th with 6,701 people. 6

United States Carriere migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Carriere has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Carriere were

Carriere Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • lean Carriere, who landed in South Carolina in 1697 7
Carriere Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Carriere, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1764 7
Carriere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leopold C A Carriere, aged 36, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 7
  • Gustav Carriere, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 7

Contemporary Notables of the name Carriere (post 1700) +

  • Calvin Carrière (1921-2002), American fiddler, nicknamed the King Of Zydeco Fiddle
  • Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021), French Academy Award winning screenwriter and actor, known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  • Joseph Carrière (1795-1864), French theologian, 13th Superior General of the Society of Saint-Sulpice (1850-1864)
  • Eva Carrière (b. 1886), French spiritualist, her performances were investigated by Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mystery series; he found them to be genuine
  • Eric Carrière (b. 1973), French footballer who played from 1996 to 2010, member of the France National Team (2001-2006)
  • Élie-Abel Carrière (1818-1896), French botanist, a leading authority on conifers
  • Louis Chrétien Carrière, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 8
  • Eugène Carrière (1849-1906), French lithographer and painter
  • Baron Jean-Louis-Chrétien Beaumont de Carrière, Officer General, France
  • Mathieu Carrière (b. 1950), German actor, known for Young Torless (1966), Luther (2003) and Una ombra en el jardí (1989)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  5. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  7. 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)
  8. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Carrière. Retrieved from on Facebook