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Carder Name Study

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This profile is part of the Carder Name Study.



This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect. Please contact the project leader, add categories to your profiles, add your questions to the bulletin board, add details of your name research, etc. Contact project profile manager to receive a member sticker and sticker for your Carder ancestors' profiles.

Carder Connections

Please be sure to check Carder Connections (Space:Carder_Connections) also where the goal is to connect all Carders as one family, especially those who descend from the Carder family in early Culpeper County, Virginia. Place your ancestor's information and your Wikitree profile ID following the members' information already on there as a guide and request to be on the trusted list. This is a separate page than the one name study.

Carder Family Origin

  • Germany (30)
  • Ireland (15)
  • England (9)
  • Memphis (6)
  • Bavaria (4)
  • Bohemia (2)

from the New York Passengers List
between 1840 and 1920

Note: Most Carders lived in the United States before 1840. Carders have been found in Colonial America as early as the 1600s. Therefore, the New York Passengers List is NOT accurate as the origins of the Carder family. It only reflects places that Carders traveled to and from.

Carder Surname

Recorded in several spelling forms including Card, Carde, and Carder, this is a medieval English occupational surname, and one concerned with the early textile industry. It derives from the Old French worde "carde" and is probably most associated with the famous Flemish Weavers who were brought to this country in the 13th century by King Edward 1st, to teach the skills of cloth making to the unskilled English. The word "carde" actually translates as "teasle head", introducing the possibility that given the robust humour of the Middle Ages, it may also have been used as a nickname surname. What is certain is that the surname has the honour to be amongst the very first of all recorded surnames, and was probably regarded of great importance at a time when early industry was begining to make its mark. Examples of the recordings from those ancient times preserved in the surviving authentic charters and rolls include Lawrence Carde in the 1297 Assize register for the county of Cornwall, and later in 1332, John le Carder of Yorkshire, was recorded in the Friary Rolls for the city of Wakefield. The first known example of the name recording is probably that of Arnald Carde, in the 1221 rolls of Salop (Shropshire). This was during the reign of King Henry 111 of England, 1216 - 1272.

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John Mahlon Carder

John Mahlon Carder (Carder-350) is my 3rd great grandfather. I have never been able to learn who his parents were so, after 20 years, I still can't go back any farther on my Carder family. Any help would be appreciated! I am Carder-47.

John Mahlon Carder was born about 1822 in Culpeper County, Virginia. He and his parents and siblings moved to Ohio in the mid 1830s where they remained the rest of their lives. I am certain that he is related to the other Carder families who descended from William and Sarah Carder who moved from Virginia to Fayette County, Ohio, Most of the Carders in West Virginia and Ohio originally came from Culpeper County and descend from William and Sarah or their children. I'm trying to find out where John Mahlon Carder fits into this family.


Carder, W. Ashley. Carder An American Family A History of the Carder Family Originally of Culpeper County, Virginia. Columbia, South Carolina: W. Ashley Carder, 1993.

McCloud, Robert D. A History of the Early Virginia Carders & the Family of James Carder (1765-1886) of Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties. Bountiful, Utah: Family History Publishers, Inc., 1999.

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