Charpentier

Charpentier (pronounced [ʃaʁ.pɑ̃.tje]) is the French word for "carpenter", and it is also a French surname; a variant spelling is Carpentier. In English, the equivalent word and name is "Carpenter"; in German, "Zimmermann".

Charpentier
Pronunciationshar PAHN' t'yay
Origin
Meaningworker or fixer of wood, builder of wood
Other names
Variant form(s)Carpenter, Zimmermann, Zimmerman, Carpentier, Zimerman

The origin of the name dates to 900-1000, when the Old French "Charpentier" derived from the Late Latin carpentarius artifex ("carpenter" or "wainwright"), equivalent to Latin carpent(um), meaning "two-wheeled carriage" (perhaps ultimately derived from Celtic -- consider Old Irish carpad, "chariot"), suffixed with arius ("-ary"); see ER2.[1]

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  1. ^ 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.