The surname Carpenter is of English origin. It was an occupational name for a worker in wood,derived from the Anglo-Norman-French ‘carpentier’. Carpenter is an English name derived from the French language.In the Middle Ages it was in the cities and wealthy estates where the buildings were more substantial that skilled woodworkers were required; as such the services of a skilled ‘Carpenter’ were required. The French Carpentier or Charpentier often went to the forest to cut and gather his own wood. The name thus comes to signify ‘the carpenter’, a wood worker. The German form of the name is Schreiner, the Dutch form Zagar, the Czechoslovakian form Kolar and the Polish form Cieslak. The name dates as far back as the twelfth century,were a Godwin Carpentar is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a, William Carpenter, who came to America aboard the Bevis in 1638; he settled in Reheboth,Massachusetts. A famous American artist bore t… Coat of arms: Argent between two flaunches, a cross between in the first and s…
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