A Survey of English Bynames: Carver

by Mari ingen Briain meic Donnchada (Kathleen M. O'Brien)

© 2002-2012 by Kathleen M. O'Brien. All rights reserved.
Version 1.3, updated 24 June 2012

This byname indicates someone who carves. However, Reaney & Wilson and Bardsley (see below) give different mediums for that carving. It is possible that the term carver generated bynames for multiple mediums for carving. For example, a person who carved wood as well as a person who carved meat at table could have a byname carver.
"A derivative of OE ceorfan 'to cut, carve', one who carves, usually in wood, sometimes in stone; 'wood-carver, sculptor' (c1385 MED). This would later become Carver." (Reaney & Wilson, p. 85 s.n. Carver)
"Official, 'the carver,' a servitor whose duty it was to carve at table. 'Item, to William Denton, carver to the Queen, £26 13s. 4d.' (1503): Privy Purse Exp., Eliz. of York, p. 100." (Bardsley, p. 163 s.n. Carver)
NameAdditional DescriptionDateSource
AdamleKarver 1273Bardsley (p. 163 s.n. Carver)
RichardleKerver 1273Bardsley (p. 163 s.n. Carver)
RichardleKerver(e) 1275, 1277Reaney & Wilson (p. 85 s.n. Carver)
William Keruer 1327Reaney & Wilson (p. 85 s.n. Carver)
Steven Carver 1565Bardsley (p. 163 s.n. Carver)
John Carvor 1613Bardsley (p. 163 s.n. Carver)

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