Show ContentsCharpentier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Charpentier family

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.

Early History of the Charpentier family

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Charpentier Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Charpentier family

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
  • Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), a French composer of the Baroque era

Charpentier World Ranking

In the United States, the name Charpentier is the 11,099th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1 However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Charpentier is ranked the 739th most popular surname. 2 And in France, the name Charpentier is the 134th popular surname with an estimated 22,708 people with that name. 3

United States Charpentier migration to the United States +

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 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. 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 4
  • Francois Charpentier, aged 22, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 4
  • Marie Charpentier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 4
Charpentier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Federico Charpentier, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 4
  • Louis Charpentier, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 4
  • Isadore Charpentier, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880

Canada Charpentier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Charpentier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Charpentier, aged 24, who arrived in Canada in 1657
  • Mr. Jean Charpentier, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 5th April 1657 5
  • Jean Charpentier, son of Cyprien and Catherine, who married Barbe Renault, daughter of Vincent and Marie, in Quebec on 10th January 1661 6
  • Denis Charpentier, son of François and Marie, who married Marie-Anne Despernay, daughter of Laurent and Jeanne, in Boucherville, Quebec on 23rd August 1688 6
  • Jacques Charpentier, son of Jean and Barbe, who married Marguerite Martin, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Repentigny, Quebec on 6th July 1689 6
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Charpentier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Charpentier, son of Pierre and Madeleine, who married Catherine Laporte, daughter of Jacques and Nicolas, in Varennes, Quebec on 9th October 1706 6
  • Henri-Jacques Charpentier, son of Jacques and Angélique-Élisabeth, who married Hélène-Marguerite De Bluche, daughter of Bertrand and Catherine, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th January 1719 6
  • François Charpentier, son of Jean-Baptiste and Françoise, who married Marie-Anne Tibaut, daughter of Nicolas and Françoise, in Rivière-des-Prairies, Quebec on 10th June 1720 6
  • Toussaint Charpentier, son of Jean and Françoise, who married Marie-Louise Jetté, daughter of Louis-Charles and Élisabeth, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 22nd January 1731 6
  • Gabriel Charpentier, son of Jean and Françoise, who married Marie-Anne Montielle, daughter of René and Thérèse, in Lachenaie, Quebec on 29th April 1737 6
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Contemporary Notables of the name Charpentier (post 1700) +

  • Edward S. Charpentier (b. 1918), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Somersworth, New Hampshire; Elected 1953; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Somersworth 2nd Ward, 1956 7
  • Michel Charpentier (1927-2023), French sculptor and medalist
  • Henri François Marie Charpentier, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 8
  • 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
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
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  6. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from
  8. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 12) Henri Charpentier. Retrieved from on Facebook