The Decharpentier family was an integral part of the history ancient France since it was derived from the northern, coastal region of Normandy
. Decharpentier 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 Decharpentier family
The surname Decharpentier 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 Decharpentier family
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Decharpentier Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Decharpentier some of which are 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 Decharpentier family (pre 1700)
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 Decharpentier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Decharpentier family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Decharpentier 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 Decharpentier were Pierre Carpentier, aged 12; settled in Louisiana in 1719; Marie Charpentier settled in Louisiana in 1719; Isadore Charpentier settled in Philadelphia in 1880.