Carpenter Family History

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Carpenter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in wood, Norman French carpentier (from Late Latin carpentarius ‘cartwright’). Translation of German Zimmermann, French Charpentier, Italian Carpentieri, or cognates and equivalents in various other languages.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Charpentier, Carpentieri, Carpentier, Parmenter, Carter, Callender

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Carpenter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carpenter name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Carpenter. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Carpenter Family Origin

Where is the Carpenter family from?

Carpenter Family Occupations

What did your Carpenter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Carpenter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Carpenter's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Carpenter family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Carpenter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Carpenter Historical Records

What Carpenter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Carpenter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carpenter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 53,000 immigration records available for the last name Carpenter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 149,000 military records available for the last name Carpenter. For the veterans among your Carpenter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carpenter Life Expectancy

What is the average Carpenter lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carpenter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Carpenter in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Carpenter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carpenter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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