Carveth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The proud Carveth family originated in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Carveth family originally lived in Cornwall, at the village of Carveth.

Early Origins of the Carveth family

The surname Carveth was first found in Cornwall at Carverth or Carveth, an estate in the parish of Mabe. [1]

The "barton called Carveth, was anciently the seat of the Carveths, one of whose ancestors had married Otho Penaluna. In the reign of Charles I. this estate was sold to Thomas Melhuish. This barton now belongs to the representative of the late J. Gwennap, Esq. of Falmouth." [2]

"The barton of Casawis or Gosose, which was formerly a seat of the Carveths, was the birth place of Capt. Henry Carveth, a distinguished naval officer, in the reign of Charles II. His merit raised him to the rank of standing captain under the Earl of Ossory, for which post he received £300 per annum for life. He died about the year 1684, and was interred in Gluvias church with military honours." [2]

Important Dates for the Carveth family

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Carveth Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Carveth, Carvet, Carvethe and others.

Early Notables of the Carveth family (pre 1700)

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Carveth migration to Canada

A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Carveth:

Carveth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James, John and Joseph Carveth, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Carveth migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carveth Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Jane Carveth, (b. 1815), aged 23, Cornish House servant, from Withiel, Bodmin, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Andromache" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st January 1839 [3]
  • Mr. John Carveth, (b. 1825), aged 30, Cornish agricultural labourer, from St. Blazey, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sultana" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th May 1855 [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Carveth, (b. 1827), aged 28, Cornish settler, from St. Blazey, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sultana" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 19th May 1855 [4]
  • Mr. John Carveth, (b. 1821), aged 34, Cornish agricultural labourer, from St. Breock, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Eliza" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th September 1855 [4]
  • Mrs. Maria Carveth, (b. 1821), aged 34, Cornish settler, from St. Breock, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Eliza" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th September 1855 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Carveth (post 1700)

  • Betty Carveth, Canadian pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1945 season
  • Joseph Gordon "Joe" Carveth (1918-1985), Canadian professional NHL hockey player, member of the 1943 and 1950 Stanley Cup Champions
  • Donald L Carveth, Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, York University, Canada

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1850_59.pdf
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