Carver Family History

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Carver Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a carver of wood or a sculptor of stone, from an agent derivative of Middle English kerve(n) ‘to cut or carve’. English: occupational name for a plowman, from Anglo-Norman French caruier, from Late Latin carrucarius, a derivative of carruca ‘cart’, ‘plow’. Americanized spelling of German Garber, Gerber, or Körber (see Koerber). Irish: variant of Carvey. Possibly also a reduced form of Irish McCarver.

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

Similar surnames: Carter, Carder, Cater, Barber, Haver, Sarver, Carner, Karner, Warner

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Carver Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carver name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Carver. 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


  • Sweden


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Carver Family Origin

Where is the Carver family from?

Carver Family Occupations

What did your Carver ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carver. A less common occupation for the Carver family was Farming. The most common Carver occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Carver's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Carver Historical Records

What Carver family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 164,000 census records available for the last name Carver. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carver 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Carver. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Carver. For the veterans among your Carver ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Carver Life Expectancy

What is the average Carver lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Carver life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Carver in 1942 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Carver

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Carver 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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