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Carrier Name Meaning

English and southern French: from Middle English, Old French car(r)ier (Late Latin carrarius, a derivative of carrum ‘cart’, ‘wagon’, of Gaulish origin); in English an occupational name for someone who transported goods, in French for a cartwright. French: occupational name for a stonemason or quarryman, carrier.

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


Similar surnames: Carriere, Carriero, Harrier, Carter, Currier, Perrier, Carver

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Where is the Carrier family from?

You can see how Carrier families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carrier family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carrier families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 66 Carrier families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Carrier's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Carrier families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Carrier surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Carrier ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Carrier. 20% of Carrier men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Carrier women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carrier were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • House Work
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    5%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 132,000 census records available for the last name Carrier. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carrier census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Carrier. 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 Cards

There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Carrier. For the veterans among your Carrier ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carrier lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Carrier life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Carrier in 1943 was 59, and 72 in 2004.

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