Carnes Surname Origin
(Welsh) Locality. A rock, a heap of stones. This family claim descent from Ithel, King of Ghent, now Monmouthshire. Thomas o'r Gare, youngest son of Ithel, King of Ghent, was brought up at one of his father's seats called Pencarne (from pen, the head, and carne, a rock, a heap of stones), whence he was named Carne, which continues the surname of the family.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Some noteworthy people of the name Carnes
- Ryan Carnes (b. 1982), American actor
- Kim Carnes (b. 1945), American singer-songwriter
- Jimmy Carnes (1935-2011), former American track and field athlete, coach and administrator and a member of the U. S. Track & Field Hall of Fame
- Edward Earl Carnes (b. 1950), judge of the United States Court of Appeals
- Michael Page Carnes (b. 1950), American composer of contemporary classical music
- Brion Lawrenz Carnes (b. 1991), American football quarterback
- Thomas Petters Carnes (1762-1822), American lawyer and politician
- Julie E. Carnes (b. 1950), United States federal judge
- James E. Carnes (?), member of the Ohio Senate from 1995 - 2004
- Sir Edward Carnes (1500 - 1561), Welsh Renaissance scholar, diplomat and English Member of Parliament