Carré History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Carré is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived at the carr, or low lying meadow. [1]

"The frequency with which such entries as Robert or William del Carr, or atte Carr, or Karr, or Kerr recur in Lancashire and Yorkshire records of the 13th and 14th centuries is explained by the fact that Carr or Kerr meant a low-lying meadow. It is still so used in all the northern counties. " [1]

Alternatively, the surname is topographic in origin and is derived from the Old Norse word kjarr which eventually became kerr. The Old English translation is brushwood or wet ground. This surname was given to a person who resided near these physical features.

Early Origins of the Carré family

The surname Carré was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed "Thomas Carr, Agnes uxor ejus; Willelmus att Karr; and Johannes del Karr. In the Yorkshire Poll Tax (1379) almost every village has some one styled William or John del Kerr in it." [1]

The Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed Lucas de la Care, Kent, 20 Edward I (during the 20th year of King Edward I's reign.)

Early History of the Carré family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carré research. Another 186 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1272, 1307, 1500, 1663, 1706, 1646, 1688, 1678 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Carré History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carré 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 Carré family name include Care, Kare, Carre, Karre and others.

Early Notables of the Carré family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Care (1646-1688), an English political writer and journalist. After the Popish Plot of 1678, he wrote against...
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United States Carré migration to the United States +

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 Carré surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Carré Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Walter Carre, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [2]
  • Susanna Carre, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [2]
  • Grace Carre, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [2]
  • Thomas Carre, who arrived in Maryland in 1668-1670 [2]
  • William Carre, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carré Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Carre, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [2]

Canada Carré migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carré Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Henry Carre U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
  • Mr. William Carre U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carré (post 1700) +

  • Ferdinand Philippe Edouard Carré (1824-1900), French engineer, best known as the inventor of refrigeration equipment used to produce ice
  • Olivier Carré (b. 1961), French politician, member of the National Assembly of France
  • Marguerite Carré (1880-1947), French soprano
  • Isabelle Carré (b. 1971), French César Award for Best Actress winning actress
  • Albert Carré (1852-1938), French theatre director, opera director, actor and librettist
  • John le Carré (b. 1931), pen name of David John Moore Cornwell, British author of espionage novels, probably best known for his third novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)
  • Michel Carré (1865-1945), French actor, stage director and film director, son of Michel Carré, the librettist
  • Michel Carré (1821-1872), French librettist
  • Major-General James Carre Magee (1883-1975), American Surgeon-General of the Army (1939-1943) [4]
  • Carre Provance, American actor, known for Short Side of Nothing (2005) and The F.B.I. Files (1998)

  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) James Magee. Retrieved from on Facebook
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