Meaning and Name Origin
Carter \c(a)-rter, 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 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 (#40 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Carter for boys. Carter reached its top rank of #27 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)