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Origins of the Carr surname

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What does the name Carr mean?

Carr is a surname that has arisen independently in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. In England it is believed to have a Scandinavian origin, from the Old Norse word 'kjarr' (swamp), relating to someone who lived in or near swampy land. In Scotland it can come from the Gaelic 'ciar' (dusky) and would be a descriptive name given to people who were particularly dark in complexion, where it is more often seen as 'Kerr' or 'Ker'. It can also come from the Welsh 'cawr' (giant), given to those who were physically large (and sometimes small as an ironic name) in stature. Similarly, in Ireland the Gaelic 'gearr' (short of height) could be given to people who were particularly large or small, and their descendants.

Alternative variations of the name Carr

Carr, Car, Ker, Karr, Kerr

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Where do most Carrs live?

In 1921, most Carrs lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Carrs

How common is your surname?

150th most common surname in the UK

We have 217,000 records for the Carr surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Carrs most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Carr first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Carrs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Carrs in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver




Common Male occupations for Carrs in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




Coal Miner Hewer


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