Carter

First Name
144k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carter

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cart"er
Senses
  1. A charioteer.(Obs)
  2. A man who drives a cart; a teamster.
  3. [Zoöl]
    1. Any species of Phalangium; -- also called harvestman
    2. A British fish; the whiff.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone whose work is driving carts
  2. 39th President of the United States (1924-)
  3. Englishman and Egyptologist who in 1922 discovered and excavated the tomb of Tutankhamen (1873-1939)
Wiktionary
  1. An occupational surname​ for someone who was a carter.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Carter

Carter Slade is a comics character.

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Carter was born on April 24th, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Carter Godwin Woodson was a historian. Carter was born on December 19th, 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on April 3rd, 1950.

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Carter was given the name Carter Nicholas Oosterhouse on September 19th, 1976 in Traverse City, Michigan.

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He has been prominent since 2003. Carter was given the name Carter Mark Jenkins on September 4th, 1991 in Tampa, Florida, U.S.

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Carter Hall is a comics character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carter

Jimmy Carter is a 39th President of the United States. Jimmy was born on October 1st, 1924 in Plains, Georgia, United States.

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Jay Z is a rapper, entrepreneur, and investor. He has had major accomplishments since 1986. Jay was given the name Shawn Corey Carter on December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Lil Wayne is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive. He has been prominent since 1996. Lil was given the name Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. on September 27th, 1982 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Helena Bonham Carter is an actress. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Helena was born as the child of Raymond Bonham Carter on May 26th, 1966.

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Vince Carter is a basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 1998. Vince was born on January 26th, 1977 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Charlton Heston was an actor, film director, and political activist. His career lasted from 1941 to 2003. Charlton was given the name John Charles Carter on October 4th, 1923 in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S. He passed away on April 5th, 2008.

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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 160 9 151
1956 183 7 176
1957 145 5 140
1958 169 5 164
1959 141 7 134
1960 139 0 139
1961 139 6 133
1962 140 10 130
1963 166 7 159
1964 138 5 133
1965 123 8 115
1966 127 0 127
1967 141 0 141
1968 130 6 124
1969 159 8 151
1970 165 9 156
1971 210 11 199
1972 174 9 165
1973 143 11 132
1974 156 14 142
1975 173 10 163
1976 172 14 158
1977 133 11 122
1978 81 9 72
1979 64 0 64
1980 100 8 92
1981 99 11 88
1982 130 12 118
1983 128 9 119
1984 149 15 134
1985 200 24 176
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 2,641 91 2,550
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 7,164 104 7,060 #65 boy name
2009 8,286 119 8,167 #50 boy name
2010 8,312 160 8,152 #48 boy name
2011 8,791 195 8,596 #41 boy name
2012 9,498 245 9,253 #36 boy name
2013 9,864 299 9,565 #33 boy name
2014 11,013 355 10,658 #27 boy name
2015 11,340 579 10,761 #24 boy name
2016 10,833 699 10,134 #26 boy name

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Popularity of Carter as a first name

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Popularity of Carter as a last name

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Common last names for Carter

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Moore
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Harrison
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Lewis
  • Harris
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Miller

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Carter U.S.
  White 58.20% 64.26%
  African American 35.59% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.65% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Carter

People with the last name Carter are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Carter

  • How Popular is the name Carter? Carter is the 491st most popular name of all time. In 2016 Carter was the 26th most popular name. As a last name Carter was the 49th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Carter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 143,881 babies born with the first name Carter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carter to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Carter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carter is Saturday, July 12th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Carter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carter was in 2015 with a total of 10,761 babies. That's a lot of babies named Carter!
  • Random Carter Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carter ranks 34th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 89 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Carter: Your name in reverse order is Retrac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rtrcea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Carter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 376,966 people with the last name Carter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carter? Carter was ranked as the 49th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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