Carrèr History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Carrèr family

The surname Carrèr was first found in Yorkshire where the name is "derived from an occupation. 'the carrier,' a carter. This surname barely exists in England. I do not find it in leading English directories. But it has crossed the Atlantic and is found occasionally in the States. " [1]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Willelmus Cariour, Wright; Johannes Kerrear; and Johannes Charyer. [1]

Interestingly, early records show Robert de Carier as holding lands in Cumberland in 1332. [2]

Important Dates for the Carrèr family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrèr research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1455, 1487, 1566, 1614, 1582, 1586 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Carrèr History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carrèr Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Carrèr family name include Carier, Carrier, Carriere and others.

Early Notables of the Carrèr family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Benjamin Carier . (1566-1614), English Catholic controversialist, born in Kent. He was the son of Anthony Carier, a learned minister of the church...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrèr Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Carrèr family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Carrèr surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Carrier, who came to Maryland in 1662; Jean Carrier, who is on record in Montreal in 1660; Charles Ignace Carrier, an Acadian, who arrived in South Carolina in 1756.

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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