Carter Name Meaning

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Fact: The name Carter, originally an English occupational surname, has become increasingly popular as a first name in the United States.

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A Deep Dive

Carter Overview

Meaning

Transporter of goods by cart

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

English

Etymology

Derived from an English surname meaning “one who uses a cart”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈkɑrtər/

Popularity

Carter has been highly popular in recent years, consistently ranking in the top 100 names for boys in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. It ranked 48th in the USA in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

6 letters

Numerology

11 (Intuitive, Idealistic, Spiritual)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Edgy, Occupational, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, reliable, practical, sociable
A Deep Dive

Carter Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Karter, Carta, Cartel, Cartwright, Carver, Cartman

Common Nicknames

Carr, Cart, Carty, Art, Arty, Carti, Cartman, Cee, Caz, Cartier, Carebear, Cartwheel, Carto

Diminutives

Carty, Cart, CJ, Car, Cartman, Cartwheel, Carterino, Carto

Famous People

  • Jimmy Carter
    (American U.S. President)
  • Carter G. Woodson
    (American Historian)
  • Carter Jenkins
    (American Actor)
  • Carter Beauford
    (American Musician)
  • Carter Reynolds
    (American Social Media Influencer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Peggy Carter
    ("Marvel Cinematic Universe," Film Series)
  • John Carter
    ("John Carter," Film)
  • Carter Pewterschmidt
    ("Family Guy," TV Show)
  • Carter Kane
    ("The Kane Chronicles," Book Series)
  • Carter Baizen
    ("Gossip Girl," TV Show)

Places

  • Carter Town
    (Wyoming, USA)
  • Carter Community
    (Tennessee, USA)
  • Carter Lake
    (Iowa, USA)
  • Carter Road
    (Mumbai, India)
  • Carter County
    (Kentucky, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Carter?

Carter means “driver of a cart” or “transporter of goods by cart.” People named Carter are often seen as reliable, hardworking, and down-to-earth.

What Is the Origin of The Name Carter?

The name Carter has English origins and is derived from an occupational surname used for someone who transported goods by cart or wagon.

It can be traced back to the Old English word “caret,” which means “cart,” and the Old French word “caretier,” which means “carrier.”

The name was established in Ireland and Scotland through the British and Scottish settlers and was later brought to America, where it continued to be used widely.

Carter Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Carter in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#392021#472022#482023
Top 3 Rankings#242015#242017#242018

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Carter

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202348
(-1 from 2022)
5847
(-502 from 2022)
0.31931
202247
(-8 from 2021)
6349
(-850 from 2021)
0.33898
202139
(-6 from 2020)
7199
(-371 from 2020)
0.38423
202033
(-3 from 2019)
7570
(-1107 from 2019)
0.40926
201930
(-6 from 2018)
8677
(-702 from 2018)
0.45151
201824
No change from 2017
9379
(-448 from 2017)
0.48252
201724
(+2 from 2016)
9827
(-389 from 2016)
0.49653
201626
(-2 from 2015)
10216
(-595 from 2015)
0.50434
201524
(+3 from 2014)
10811
(+121 from 2014)
0.52880
201427
(+7 from 2013)
10690
(+1105 from 2013)
0.52166
201334
(+2 from 2012)
9585
(+315 from 2012)
0.47434
201236
(+5 from 2011)
9270
(+662 from 2011)
0.45683
201141
(+7 from 2010)
8608
(+444 from 2010)
0.42374
201048
(+2 from 2009)
8164
(-9 from 2009)
0.39739
200950
(+15 from 2008)
8173
(+1105 from 2008)
0.38535
200865
(+15 from 2007)
7068
(+967 from 2007)
0.32416
200780
(-5 from 2006)
6101
(-332 from 2006)
0.27543
200675
(+2 from 2005)
6433
(+534 from 2005)
0.29343
200577
(+12 from 2004)
5899
(+890 from 2004)
0.27729
200489
(+13 from 2003)
5009
(+838 from 2003)
0.23702
2003102
(+6 from 2002)
4171
(+691 from 2002)
0.19851
2002108
(+3 from 2001)
3480
(+45 from 2001)
0.16839
2001111
(+41 from 2000)
3435
(+885 from 2000)
0.16607
2000152
(+27 from 1999)
2550
(+607 from 1999)
0.12211
1999179
(+10 from 1998)
1943
(+143 from 1998)
0.09529
1998189
(+15 from 1997)
1800
(+260 from 1997)
0.08877
1997204
(+39 from 1996)
1540
(+324 from 1996)
0.07709
1996243
(+43 from 1995)
1216
(+297 from 1995)
0.06069
1995286
(+135 from 1994)
919
(+375 from 1994)
0.04569
1994421
(-2 from 1993)
544
(-6 from 1993)
0.02669
1993419
(+31 from 1992)
550
(+63 from 1992)
0.02663
1992450
(+48 from 1991)
487
(+96 from 1991)
0.02320
1991498
(+51 from 1990)
391
(+57 from 1990)
0.01845
1990549
(+16 from 1989)
334
(+40 from 1989)
0.01552
1989565
(+4 from 1988)
294
(+29 from 1988)
0.01403
1988569
(+58 from 1987)
265
(+53 from 1987)
0.01323
1987627
(+38 from 1986)
212
(+30 from 1986)
0.01087
1986665
(-4 from 1985)
182
(+5 from 1985)
0.00947
1985661
(+81 from 1984)
177
(+40 from 1984)
0.00920
1984742
(+67 from 1983)
137
(+20 from 1983)
0.00730
1983809
No change from 1982
117
(-2 from 1982)
0.00628
1982809
(+156 from 1981)
119
(+32 from 1981)
0.00631
1981965
(-41 from 1980)
87
(-6 from 1980)
0.00467
1980924
(+184 from 1979)
93
(+28 from 1979)
0.00501
19791108
(-74 from 1978)
65
(-6 from 1978)
0.00363
19781034
(-261 from 1977)
71
(-50 from 1977)
0.00416
1977773
(-122 from 1976)
121
(-37 from 1976)
0.00708
1976651
(-16 from 1975)
158
(-4 from 1975)
0.00968
1975635
(+51 from 1974)
162
(+20 from 1974)
0.00999
1974686
(+14 from 1973)
142
(+11 from 1973)
0.00871
1973700
(-83 from 1972)
131
(-32 from 1972)
0.00812
1972617
(-17 from 1971)
163
(-28 from 1971)
0.00974
1971600
(+55 from 1970)
191
(+35 from 1970)
0.01051
1970655
(-9 from 1969)
156
(+6 from 1969)
0.00819
1969646
(+29 from 1968)
150
(+26 from 1968)
0.00820
1968675
(-41 from 1967)
124
(-16 from 1967)
0.00698
1967634
(+22 from 1966)
140
(+13 from 1966)
0.00787
1966656
(+41 from 1965)
127
(+14 from 1965)
0.00699
1965697
(-28 from 1964)
113
(-19 from 1964)
0.00596
1964669
(-49 from 1963)
132
(-26 from 1963)
0.00651
1963620
(+58 from 1962)
158
(+28 from 1962)
0.00765
1962678
(-4 from 1961)
130
(-2 from 1961)
0.00619
1961674
(-10 from 1960)
132
(-7 from 1960)
0.00612
1960664
(-2 from 1959)
139
(+6 from 1959)
0.00642
1959662
(-60 from 1958)
133
(-31 from 1958)
0.00614
1958602
(+48 from 1957)
164
(+24 from 1957)
0.00761
1957650
(-77 from 1956)
140
(-36 from 1956)
0.00640
1956573
(+33 from 1955)
176
(+27 from 1955)
0.00820
1955606
(-78 from 1954)
149
(-42 from 1954)
0.00713
1954528
(+29 from 1953)
191
(+30 from 1953)
0.00923
1953557
(+2 from 1952)
161
(+5 from 1952)
0.00804
1952559
(-37 from 1951)
156
(-16 from 1951)
0.00791
1951522
(-8 from 1950)
172
(+2 from 1950)
0.00900
1950514
(-19 from 1949)
170
(-8 from 1949)
0.00935
1949495
(+48 from 1948)
178
(+28 from 1948)
0.00988
1948543
(-41 from 1947)
150
(-28 from 1947)
0.00841
1947502
(+22 from 1946)
178
(+29 from 1946)
0.00958
1946524
(+13 from 1945)
149
(+25 from 1945)
0.00903
1945537
(+11 from 1944)
124
(+2 from 1944)
0.00904
1944548
(+2 from 1943)
122
(-8 from 1943)
0.00878
1943550
(+37 from 1942)
130
(+18 from 1942)
0.00894
1942587
(-18 from 1941)
112
(+3 from 1941)
0.00795
1941569
(+66 from 1940)
109
(+21 from 1940)
0.00869
1940635
(+40 from 1939)
88
(+11 from 1939)
0.00742
1939675
(-107 from 1938)
77
(-29 from 1938)
0.00679
1938568
(+11 from 1937)
106
(+7 from 1937)
0.00933
1937579
(+2 from 1936)
99
(+1 from 1936)
0.00905
1936581
(-6 from 1935)
98
(-3 from 1935)
0.00921
1935575
(+22 from 1934)
101
(+4 from 1934)
0.00944
1934597
(+71 from 1933)
97
(+20 from 1933)
0.00913
1933668
(+95 from 1932)
77
(+9 from 1932)
0.00755
1932763
(-86 from 1931)
68
(-10 from 1931)
0.00633
1931677
(+147 from 1930)
78
(+16 from 1930)
0.00729
1930824
(-72 from 1929)
62
(-9 from 1929)
0.00549
1929752
(-30 from 1928)
71
(-7 from 1928)
0.00641
1928722
(-20 from 1927)
78
(-7 from 1927)
0.00684
1927702
(-31 from 1926)
85
(-4 from 1926)
0.00732
1926671
(+7 from 1925)
89
No change from 1925
0.00777
1925678
(-75 from 1924)
89
(-23 from 1924)
0.00773
1924603
(+108 from 1923)
112
(+29 from 1923)
0.00958
1923711
(-45 from 1922)
83
(-10 from 1922)
0.00733
1922666
(+56 from 1921)
93
(+10 from 1921)
0.00827
1921722
(-87 from 1920)
83
(-15 from 1920)
0.00729
1920635
(-55 from 1919)
98
(-9 from 1919)
0.00890
1919580
(+48 from 1918)
107
(+12 from 1918)
0.01054
1918628
(-8 from 1917)
95
(+4 from 1917)
0.00906
1917620
(+21 from 1916)
91
(+8 from 1916)
0.00949
1916641
(+16 from 1915)
83
(+5 from 1915)
0.00899
1915657
(-149 from 1914)
78
(-14 from 1914)
0.00885
1914508
(+269 from 1913)
92
(+55 from 1913)
0.01346
1913777
(-169 from 1912)
37
(-8 from 1912)
0.00690
1912608
(-11 from 1911)
45
(+19 from 1911)
0.00997
1911597
(-41 from 1910)
26
No change from 1910
0.01077
1910556
(+2 from 1909)
26
(+4 from 1909)
0.01247
1909558
(-59 from 1908)
22
(-3 from 1908)
0.01244
1908499
(+92 from 1907)
25
(+7 from 1907)
0.01503
1907591
(+22 from 1906)
18
(+3 from 1906)
0.01135
1906613
(-21 from 1905)
15
(-1 from 1905)
0.01041
1905592
(-175 from 1904)
16
(-9 from 1904)
0.01117
1904417
(-6 from 1903)
25
(+2 from 1903)
0.01805
1903411
(+276 from 1902)
23
(+12 from 1902)
0.01779
1902687
(-128 from 1901)
11
(-2 from 1901)
0.00829
1901559
(-157 from 1900)
13
(-18 from 1900)
0.01125
1900402
(+119 from 1899)
31
(+17 from 1899)
0.01912
1899521
(+52 from 1898)
14
No change from 1898
0.01215
1898573
(-78 from 1897)
14
(-2 from 1897)
0.01060
1897495
(+97 from 1896)
16
(+3 from 1896)
0.01312
1896592
(+147 from 1895)
13
(+4 from 1895)
0.01007
1895739
(-237 from 1894)
9
(-7 from 1894)
0.00711
1894502
(+36 from 1893)
16
(+3 from 1893)
0.01281
1893538
(-80 from 1892)
13
(-5 from 1892)
0.01074
1892458
(+39 from 1891)
18
(+5 from 1891)
0.01369
1891497
(+242 from 1890)
13
(+5 from 1890)
0.01190
1890739
(-158 from 1889)
8
(-3 from 1889)
0.00668
1889581
(-76 from 1888)
11
(-4 from 1888)
0.00924
1888505
(-17 from 1887)
15
(+2 from 1887)
0.01155
1887488
(-18 from 1886)
13
(-2 from 1886)
0.01189
1886470
(+134 from 1885)
15
(+5 from 1885)
0.01260
1885604
(-84 from 1884)
10
(-3 from 1884)
0.00862
1884520
(+36 from 1883)
13
(+2 from 1883)
0.01059
1883556
(-53 from 1881)
11
(-1 from 1881)
0.00978
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1881503
First SSA data recorded
12
First SSA data recorded
0.01108
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Carter

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#712021#742022#832023

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#872021#1112022#1012023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#162021#252022#302023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#212021#212022#332023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#192021#242022#232023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#482021#472022#642023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#502021#512022#522023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#402021#522022#502023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#222021#262022#232023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#202021#312022#292023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#432021#432022#552023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#342021#412022#422023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#272021#232022#332023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#222021#252022#272023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#262021#552022#322023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#202021#292022#282023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#442021#522022#512023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#252021#212022#362023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#322021#472022#502023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#192021#162022#202023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#112021#202022#262023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#132021#252022#152023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#532021#612022#722023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#352021#392022#552023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#472021#502022#672023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#372021#622022#462023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#162021#292022#312023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#132021#212022#252023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#692021#482022#772023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#242021#372022#512023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#332021#302022#772023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#222021#322022#502023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#262021#422022#442023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#172021#302022#302023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#272021#662022#402023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#222021#252022#202023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#182021#212022#232023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#412021#352022#502023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#752021#652022#932023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#242021#242022#932023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#132021#312022#172023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#142021#102022#352023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#402021#252022#362023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#282021#522022#32023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#502021#522022#742023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#542021#552022#322023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#812021#962022#1072023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#632021#482022#32023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#552021#712022#822023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#462021#262022#382023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#672021#562022#992023

Popularity Rankings for Carter in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#312021#282022#302023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#292021#322022#962023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#582021#612022#502023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#602014#662015#612017

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#632021#792022#792023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#632019#642020#692021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#822021#1152022#882023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2152021#1782022#1662023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#3072020#3772021#4282022

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#5882013#5982019

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Carter a Name for Boys or Girls?

Carter is a gender-neutral name, though it is more commonly used for boys. The name is suitable for both boys and girls, with some variations like “Karter” being more frequently used for girls​

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Carter

Carter in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Jimmy Carter (U.S. President, born 1924): The 39th President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and humanitarian known for his post-presidency efforts in promoting peace and human rights.
  • Carter G. Woodson (Historian, 1875-1950): An American historian, known as the "Father of Black History" for his work in African-American history and the creation of Black History Month.
  • Carter Jenkins (Actor, born 1991): An American actor known for his roles in "Aliens in the Attic" and TV shows like "Famous in Love."
  • Carter Beauford (Musician, born 1957): An American drummer and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band.
  • Carter Reynolds (Social Media Influencer, born 1996): Known for his presence on Vine and YouTube, amassing a significant following on social media platforms.
  • Carter Stanley (Musician, 1925-1966): An American bluegrass musician and member of The Stanley Brothers.
  • Carter Page (Businessman, born 1971): An American businessman and former foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
  • Carter Hart (Hockey Player, born 1998): A Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers.
  • Carter Burwell (Composer, born 1955): An American composer known for his work in film scores, including "Fargo" and "Twilight."
  • Peggy Carter ("Marvel Cinematic Universe," 2011 Film Series): A British agent and love interest of Captain America, known for her strength and intelligence.
  • John Carter ("John Carter," 2012 Film): A Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars, becoming a hero in a strange new world.
  • Carter Pewterschmidt ("Family Guy," 1999 TV Show): A wealthy and often stubborn character, he is the father of Lois Griffin in the animated series.
  • Carter Kane ("The Kane Chronicles," 2010 Book Series): A young magician who, along with his sister, battles ancient Egyptian gods in this fantasy series by Rick Riordan.
  • Carter Baizen ("Gossip Girl," 2007 TV Show): A recurring character who is a charming and troublemaking friend of the main characters.
  • Carter Verone ("2 Fast 2 Furious," 2003 Film): The main antagonist in the second installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, known for his criminal activities.
  • Carter Hall ("Smallville," 2001 TV Show): Also known as Hawkman, he is a superhero with a reincarnated spirit who fights for justice.
  • Carter Town, Wyoming, USA: A ghost town in Uinta County, known for its historical significance as a livestock shipping point on the original transcontinental rail line.
  • Carter Community, Tennessee, USA: A rural community located in Washington County, near the city of Elizabethton, known for its historical sites and natural beauty in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Carter Lake, Iowa, USA: A city and a natural lake on the border between Iowa and Nebraska, known for recreational activities and scenic views.
  • Carter Road, Mumbai, India: A vibrant street in the Bandra area, famous for its lively atmosphere, restaurants, and cultural events.
  • Carter County, Kentucky, USA: A county located in the northeastern part of Kentucky, known for its Appalachian culture and outdoor recreation opportunities.
  • Carter County, Missouri, USA: A county in the southern part of Missouri, with Van Buren as its county seat, known for its natural springs and outdoor activities.
  • Carter County, Oklahoma, USA: Located in southern Oklahoma, this county is known for its oil production and Ardmore as its county seat.
  • Carter County, Tennessee, USA: Located in the northeastern part of Tennessee, known for its rich history and the Watauga Lake created by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
  • Carter Community, Saint John, Barbados: A small community in the parish of Saint John, Barbados, known for its rural setting and local charm.

Similar Names to Carter

Sibling Names for Carter