Meaning and name origin
Carter \c(a)-rter, car-ter\ as a boy's 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 males (#741 out of 1220, Top 61%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#40 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carter for boys. Carter reached its highest rank of #27 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).