The proud Carveth family originated in Cornwall
, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England
. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name
. The manner in which hereditary surnames
arose is interesting. Local
surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. The Carveth family originally lived in Cornwall, at the village of Carveth.
Early Origins of the Carveth family
The surname Carveth was first found in Cornwall
at Carverth or Carveth, an estate in the parish of Mabe. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Carveth family
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Carveth Spelling Variations
Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations
often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall
and the rest of England
. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic
language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Carveth, Carvet, Carvethe and others.
Early Notables of the Carveth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Carveth family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Carveth Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James, John and Joseph Carveth, who were on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871
Contemporary Notables of the name Carveth (post 1700)
- Betty Carveth, Canadian pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League during the 1945 season
- Joseph Gordon "Joe" Carveth (1918-1985), Canadian professional NHL hockey player, member of the 1943 and 1950 Stanley Cup Champions
- Donald L Carveth, Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, York University, Canada