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What does Carter mean?

Carter Pronunciation of Carter 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, occupational, surname


VARIANTS Cartier, Cartrell



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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)

Carter reached its top rank of #24 in the U.S. in 2018. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Cartier (#1145 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) is the only other popular alternative form of Carter (#24). Adoption of these relations of Carter reached its apex in 2015 (ADOPTION OF 0.57%) and has remained as widespread to this day (ADOPTION 0.53%, DOWN 7%). 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-sounding 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.

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