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What does Carter mean?

Carter /car-ter/ as a boys' name is pronounced KAR-ter. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Carter is "one who transports goods". Occupational name and surname. Former President Jimmy Carter; football player Cris Carter.


Carter has 2 variants: Cartier and Cartrell.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Carlter, Cater, ..

(female) Carte, Carterre, ..

How popular is Carter?

Carter is a somewhat popular first name for men (#741 out of 1220, Top 61%) and an even more popular last name for both adults and children (#46 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name history of Carter for boys. Carter reached its top rank of #27 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carter name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carter outside U.S.

Cartier (#1563 the previous year) is the only other popular alternative form of Carter (#27 the previous year). Adoption of these relations of Carter is at its apex today (adoption of 0.56%). Carter is the most chic name for newborns in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carter, Cartier in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carter outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Barber, Barker, Bartel, Barten, Baxter, Calder, Carden, Carel, Carew, Carey, Carley, Carmel, Carmen, Carne, Carney, Carr, Carrey, Carsen, Carvel, Carver, Casper, Caster, Castor, Colter, Cordero, Cortes, Cortez, Coster, Farmer, Farrer, Garner, Harper, Harte, Marmer, Martel, Marten, Parker, Porter, Valter, Varten, Walter and Warner. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carter.