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Family name
Pronunciation Kar' pen tar
Meaning worker or fixer of wood, builder of wood
Related names Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Carpentier, Charpentier

Carpenter is a surname. Its use as a forename or middle name is rare. Within the United States, it is ranked as the 189th-most common surname.[1]

People with the surname Carpenter are listed below in alphabetical order. Fictional people with the name Carpenter, is listed below the alphabetical list of Carpenters.

Meaning: Carpenter - Car-pen-ter (kar' pen tar (or ter)), noun. 1) a person who builds, makes or repairs wooden objects or structures - as in houses, scaffolds, or shelving. - v. make by shaping wood. v.i. 2) to do a carpenter's work.

Origin: [1275-1325]; Middle English < Anglo-Norman French < Old French < Late Latin; carpentarius artifex or wainwright, equivalent to Latin carpent(um) two wheeled carriage ( < Celt; cf. OIr carpad chariot) + arius - ARY; see ER2][2]

Carpenter name variants and backgrounds

  • Wright - Woodwright in old England. Such as a "wood wright" (wood worker). See also "wain wright" (a wooden wagon maker) - See Wright and also: Wainwright (name).
  • Carpentier - From the French Norman Carpentier (le Carpentier, le Charpentier) a worker of wood, derived from the late Latin "carpentarius", a maker of wooden carriages.
  • Charpentier - Carpentier and Charpentier in French. A worker in wood. French Surnames > CARPENTIER ++, Forme norm.-picarde de Charpentier; var. du Sud-Ouest et roussillonnase Carpentier. Avecart. Le Carpentier.
  • Zimmermann - Zimmerman in German. A worker in wood.
  • Carpintero - Carpenter in Spanish. A worker in wood, from the Latin "carpentarius".
  • Carpender - Carpender an English phoentic name variant of Carpenter. Also seen as Carpendar.
  • De Carpenter or De Carpentier - "the carpenter" in Dutch, a worker of wood, from the French Carpentier.
  • Timmerman - Carpenter in Dutch, a worker of wood, from the German Zimmerman.
  • Carpentiere - Carpenter in Italian, a worker of wood, from the Latin "carpentarius".

Y-DNA project

A Y-DNA surname project exists for both the surname Carpenter and its related variants, and the related names in German (Zimmerman), French (Charpentier) and other languages with their name variants within a single project.[3]

Y-DNA is passed from father to son virtually unchanged over the generations. DNA has documented that Carpenter, Zimmerman, Charpentier and other related surnames do not have a single common root. While grouping does exist, it seems by parent or native country rather than regional via the most common ancestor.

As of August 2009, the Y-DNA project is active with 20 organized groups with number 20 representing genetic near matches (Group 98) and random results (Group 99). There appears to be about 240 tested members with the majority (215) from Family Tree DNA and the others from different DNA testing companies for genetic genealogical testing. Sub-grouping within the group is done in two ways. 1) By genealogical paper trails or the lack there of resulting in connections genealogically and genetically related then genetically related but not connected genealogically. 2) By Y-DNA markers representing genetic mutations or a Genetic distance or variance from the group norm. These mutations within the group can form genetic sub-grouping if confirmed by genealogical material. The possibility of a random mutation occurring in different lines must always be considered in DNA testing and is called a random match. Project administrators have paid special attention to these mutations for group association. Two groups in particular (Groups 2 and 3) have 24 out of 25 markers in common. Further testing, including specialized testing on individual DYS markers, have provided a clearer separation of based on DNA values.

Haplogrouping is consistent within the organized groups 1-19, but is not focused on by this genetic-genealogy project. Haplogroups and their haplotypes help reveal deep ancestry based on mathematical probability and tries to relate to prehistoric or estimated cultures, groups or climes. The common western European Haplogroup, R1b, also known as the Western Atlantic Modal Haplogroup (WAMH), shows up in the majority of the groups which is not unexpected with the majority of tested members claiming Europe as a possible location for their ancestors. Those who have this more common haplogroup should test 37 or more markers while most others can start at a 25 markers Y-DNA test.

All groups have made an effort to provide a basic paternal lineage that is listed on a separate page and can be accessed via ID numbers on Table 1 or via the Table of Contents “Lineages” hyperlink. Only one paternal lineage claims descent more than 600 years. This is consistent with common genealogy trends and results. While Y-DNA testing will never replace proper genealogical efforts, it is valuable in confirming genetic relationships and non-relationships.

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Fictional Characters Named Carpenter

- George W. Barclay, Jr.: Murder on Pine Island Bayou, Vantage Press, 1992 -- Josh and Lynette (Boudreaux) Carpenter.

- Louis Bayard: The Black Tower, William Morrow, 2008 -- "Vidocq is founder and chief of the plainclothes force called the Sureté meet his greatest challenge yet, Vidocq teams up with Hector Carpentier, a medical student whose name has turned up on a dead man's body."

- David Grisham: The Innocent Man, Doubleday Books, 2006 -- "Mike and Terri Carpenter both worked at the Coachlight, he as a bouncer, she as a waitress..."

- Dean Koontz: Sole Survivor, Alfred A. Knopf, 1997 -- "The story begins with a catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash. Three hundred and thirty dead, no survivors. Among the victims, the wife and two young daughters of Los Angeles Post crime reporter Joe Carpenter."

- Alistair MacLean: Ice Station Zebra, Doubleday & Co., 1963 -- "On a stormy winter night at Holy Loch, the US atomic submarine 'Dolphin' leaves in a hurry, with orders to take a Dr. Carpenter under the North Polar ice-cap and to surface with him near a burnt-out weather station, called Zebra. Who is he and what does his locked bag contain?"

- Eva (Carpenter) McCall: Edge of Heaven, Bright Mountain Books, Inc., 1997 -- "When the author’s grandmother, Lucy Davenport, is traded by her father to Holman Carpenter in exchange for a mysterious favor, her simple mountaintop life is abruptly changed..."

- Richard Platt: Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter, Candlewick Press, 2001 -- "Beginning in 1716, Private Diary recounts the adventures of nine-year-old Jake Carpenter as he explores the thrills and perils of life on the high seas."

- Deborah Powell: Bayou City Secrets, Naiad Press, Tallahassee, Fla., 1991, Houston Town, Naiad Press, Tallahassee, Fla., 1992 -- "Lesbian crime reporter Hollis Carpenter solves mysteries in Houston in the 1930s."

- David Rosenfelt: Open and Shut, Mysterious Press, 2002 (and 5 others) -- Andy Carpenter, lawyer; mystery. The author's first novel, featuring attorney Andy Carpenter, was a finalist for the Edgar and Shamus Awards for best first novel.

- Edward Rutherfurd: Sarum, Crown, 1987 -- "Rutherfurd ties London to Sarum in a few places...the Carpenters are descended from a family which was forced to flee Sarum after trying to kill one of Rutherfurd's earlier characters."

- Edward Rutherfurd: London, Crown, 1997 -- "The rises and falls of the families Ducket, Silversleeves, Bull, Barnikal, Carpenter, Meredith and Penny..."..."a Puritan character named O Be Joyful Carpenter..."

- James Swain: The Night Stalker, Ballantine, 2008 -- "A serial killer, days away from execution, reaches out to ex-cop Jack Carpenter with a surprising request: find his missing grandson."

- Herman Wouk: A Hole in Texas, Little, Brown and Company, 2004 -- "Guy Carpenter is a physicist with a quiet, settled life: a prestigious job at NASA, a devoted wife and new baby, and a troublemaking cat. But he is about to get mixed up in an international scandal of enormous proportions."

- Zoe Carpenter is a fictional character from the long-running Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Zoë Lister.


  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau; "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last"; published May 9, 1995; <>
  2. ^ Combined from several sources including: "Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary" 1996 by Barnes & Noble Books and "Concise Oxford Dictionary - 10th Edition by Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Carpenter Cousins Y-DNA Project

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Equivalent names in other languages

  • List of people called Charpentier, French equivalent
  • List of people called Zimmermann, German equivalent
  • List of people called Carpender, English equivalent


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an artificer in stone, iron, and copper, as well as in wood (2 Sam. 5:11; 1 Chr. 14:1; Mark 6:3). The tools used by carpenters are mentioned in 1 Sam. 13:19, 20; Judg. 4:21; Isa. 10:15; 44:13. It was said of our Lord, "Is not this the carpenter's son?" (Matt. 13:55); also, "Is not this the carpenter?" (Mark 6:3). Every Jew, even the rabbis, learned some handicraft: Paul was a tentmaker. "In the cities the carpenters would be Greeks, and skilled workmen; the carpenter of a provincial village could only have held a very humble position, and secured a very moderate competence."

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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Simple English

A carpenter is a person who works with wood. They can make cabinets, build houses, or do other things with wood.

Carpenters usually make very good foremen (people who watch over a job) on larger jobs as they deal with so much of the project from ground up. Carpenters are always adding to their tools and always learning how to use the new tools, materials, and ways of carpenting.

Many carpenters will choose to focus their skills in one of two broad ranging categories. Rough carpenters will focus on building things that need to be simple and structural. These things include framing for houses or crates for shipping. Finish carpenters will focus on things that are detailed and artistic. This can include things like furniture builders and toy makers.

The man who made Pinocchio was a carpenter.


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