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The Charpentier family was an integral part of the history ancient France since it was derived from the northern, coastal region of Normandy. Charpentier was a name given to a wood worker or carpenter which is derived from the Old French word "carpentier," meaning someone who works with wood.


The surname Charpentier was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this ancient family has held a family seat from very early times.

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Carpentier, Charpentier, Charpantier, Charpantier, de Charpentier, Charpentier, Carpentie, Carpentié, Carpentiais, Carpentiet, Carpantier, Carpantie, Carpantié, Garpentier, Garpentie, Garpentié, Garpentiais, Garpentiet, Garpantier, Garpantie, Garpantié, Carppentier, de Carpentier and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Charpentier research. Another 493 words (35 lines of text) covering the year 1800 is included under the topic Early Charpentier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family in this period was Henry François Marie Charpentier, General of Division, Knight of Saint-Louis and Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour; Pieter de Carpentier (1586-1659), a Flemish...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Charpentier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Quebe c. 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Charpentier 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 Charpentier were

Charpentier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ffrancois Charpentier, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Francois Charpentier, aged 22, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Marie Charpentier settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Marie Charpentier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719

Charpentier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Federico Charpentier, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Louis Charpentier, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Isadore Charpentier settled in Philadelphia in 1880

Charpentier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Charpentier, aged 24, arrived in Canada in 1657

  • Edward S. Charpentier (b. 1918), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire; Elected 1953; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Somersworth 2nd Ward, 1956
  • Henri François Marie Charpentier, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Constance Marie Charpentier (1767-1849), French painter
  • François-Philippe Charpentier (1734-1817), French engraver and inventor
  • Jean-Marie Charpentier (1939-2010), French architect and urban planner
  • Hubert Charpentier (b. 1982), French professional football player
  • Augustin Charpentier (1852-1916), French physician
  • Patrick Charpentier (b. 1970), French boxer
  • Robert Charpentier (1916-1966), French racing cyclist
  • Alexandre-Louis-Marie Charpentier (1856-1909), French sculptor, medalist, craftsman, and cabinet-maker
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
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    The Charpentier Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Charpentier 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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