Do carrier and bearer have the same meaning?

I trying to name a column in a table that registers third party goods. It looks like this:

| item     | owner | ???     |
| notebook | John  | Michael |

Where Michel is the person who brought the notebook, but the owner is John.

So, What is the best name for the column?

  • More context is needed. The meaning of "brought" is unclear, since this indicates a movement you have not defined. I wonder if either word is what you are looking for. Basically, a "carrier" takes something from one place to another, while a "bearer" is in possession of something. – user3169 Feb 15 '17 at 6:33
  • Have you considered looking in a good dictionary? dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/bearer – JavaLatte Apr 18 '17 at 17:26
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    A carrier is an airline or ship. The best name is TPGR: third party goods registrant – Lambie Jul 27 '17 at 22:24

You might want to use


if you are trying to keep a distinction between he supplier and the delivery company.

Amazon might use the word


But that may have meaning beyond only the person who made the delivery.

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