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Carter

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Driver of a Cart
  • #521 All Time
  • #24 in 2015
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Boys

How popular is the baby name Carter in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 12 0 12
1883 11 0 11
1884 13 0 13
1885 10 0 10
1886 15 0 15
1887 13 0 13
1888 15 0 15
1889 11 0 11
1890 8 0 8
1891 13 0 13
1892 18 0 18
1893 13 0 13
1894 16 0 16
1895 9 0 9
1896 13 0 13
1897 16 0 16
1898 14 0 14
1899 14 0 14
1900 31 0 31
1901 13 0 13
1902 11 0 11
1903 23 0 23
1904 25 0 25
1905 16 0 16
1906 15 0 15
1907 18 0 18
1908 25 0 25
1909 22 0 22
1910 26 0 26
1911 26 0 26
1912 45 0 45
1913 37 0 37
1914 92 0 92
1915 78 0 78
1916 83 0 83
1917 91 0 91
1918 100 5 95
1919 107 0 107
1920 103 5 98
1921 83 0 83
1922 93 0 93
1923 84 0 84
1924 112 0 112
1925 94 6 88
1926 89 0 89
1927 94 9 85
1928 78 0 78
1929 71 0 71
1930 62 0 62
1931 85 7 78
1932 68 0 68
1933 77 0 77
1934 97 0 97
1935 101 0 101
1936 98 0 98
1937 99 0 99
1938 106 0 106
1939 83 6 77
1940 94 6 88
1941 116 7 109
1942 112 0 112
1943 135 5 130
1944 127 5 122
1945 126 0 126
1946 148 0 148
1947 178 0 178
1948 159 9 150
1949 184 6 178
1950 177 7 170
1951 180 8 172
1952 164 8 156
1953 169 8 161
1954 190 0 190
1955 159 9 150
1956 184 7 177
1957 145 5 140
1958 169 5 164
1959 141 7 134
1960 139 0 139
1961 139 6 133
1962 141 10 131
1963 166 7 159
1964 138 5 133
1965 123 8 115
1966 128 0 128
1967 141 0 141
1968 130 6 124
1969 159 8 151
1970 165 9 156
1971 211 11 200
1972 174 9 165
1973 143 11 132
1974 156 14 142
1975 173 10 163
1976 173 14 159
1977 133 11 122
1978 81 9 72
1979 64 0 64
1980 99 8 91
1981 99 11 88
1982 129 12 117
1983 127 9 118
1984 149 15 134
1985 199 24 175
1986 203 21 182
1987 239 27 212
1988 279 15 264
1989 316 22 294
1990 364 31 333
1991 432 41 391
1992 517 30 487
1993 594 44 550
1994 587 44 543
1995 978 59 919
1996 1,282 66 1,216
1997 1,601 61 1,540
1998 1,863 63 1,800
1999 2,026 83 1,943
2000 2,640 91 2,549
2001 3,514 80 3,434
2002 3,546 66 3,480
2003 4,272 101 4,171
2004 5,123 114 5,009 #89 boy name
2005 6,018 120 5,898 #77 boy name
2006 6,553 123 6,430 #75 boy name
2007 6,201 102 6,099 #80 boy name
2008 7,163 104 7,059 #65 boy name
2009 8,285 119 8,166 #50 boy name
2010 8,310 160 8,150 #48 boy name
2011 8,789 195 8,594 #41 boy name
2012 9,491 245 9,246 #36 boy name
2013 9,859 299 9,560 #33 boy name
2014 11,002 355 10,647 #27 boy name
2015 11,306 579 10,727 #24 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the Carter baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 132,984 babies born with the name Carter in the United States. That's more than enough Carters to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given to 12 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Carter" was in 2015 with a total of 10,727 babies. (That's a lot of baby Carters)

According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Carter" ranks #68 in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 18 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2000. Across the entire United States a total of 2,640 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Carter popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Carter" mean? The list below shows the origins of Carter as well as things modernly associated with the name Carter such as celebrities named Carter.

Origin and Meaning of Carter

The name "Carter" is of English origin, and it means "Driver of a Cart". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Carter Jenkins

Carter Jenkins is an actor, producer, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Carter was born in 1991 as Carter Mark Jenkins in Tampa, Florida, U.S.

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Carter Oosterhouse

Carter Oosterhouse is a model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Carter was born in 1976 as Carter Nicholas Oosterhouse in Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Carter

Carter Barron
Carter Capps
Carter Reynolds
Carter Caves
Carter Center
Carter Mountain Orchard
Carter Bible
Carter G Woodson
Carter Bank And Trust

Alternative Meanings

C is for casual, no pretension here.

A is for amenable, for your easy going nature.

R is for realist, the way you are.

T is for thoughtful, the caring you.

E is for excellence, your passion, your drive.

R is for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

Your name in reverse order is "Retrac". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Atrerc". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Carter born Oct 10, 1955

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Borneo approximately on 1225. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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