Carter: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Carter


Pronunciation: KAHR-tər (key)

Origin of the name Carter:

Transferred use of the surname that originated in the Middle Ages as an occupational name for someone who used a cart to transport goods.

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Comments and insights on the name Carter: | Edit

There is a really bad hotel in NYC called the Hotel Carter.

Personal experiences with the name Carter: | Edit

My son is Carter. We have heard only positive comments & remarks about it. I think it's a very strong name.

-My father's name is Carter and he is the strongest man I know. He is my favorite person in the whole world and I love him so much.His parent's named their children some bizarre names, my father would be mortified if I told you what his middle name was, but he has always loved his first name. it really is a strong name and it is also a very versatile name. it works as a first name, a middle name and a last name.I plan on naming my son Carter, after my dad.

My youngest son is Carter. He is named after the last name of my last living grand parent. Also my Mothers maiden name. His middle name is Donald named after his Daddy

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We call our Carter by "Cart" or "Carty". My brother calls my son Carter, Carter-sauce, yes I know a little goofy but aren't nicknames supposed to be?, Haha and my mother in law wanted us to name him Carter Roy, we didn't but she still calls him that, I just call him Carter Man!

We call my son Carter, Carter Bug. My sister calls him Carter Man. My best friends nephew is also Carter. Everyone calls him Car-Car
I call my son Carter Man too :)

My 10 year old son is named Carter - we call him cartz or carty. His
siblings call car or carty

We call our Carter, Tarter or Carter Sauce :) his little brother calls him car:)

My 6-year old son is Carter - we call him Car, Carburator, but Carterrific is my my favorite play on his name :)

Meanings and history of the name Carter: | Edit

It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Carter is "one who transports goods". Occupational name and surname.


Famous real-life people named Carter: | Edit

Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American middleweight boxer.
Carter Stanley, bluegrass musician who formed the Stanley Brothers.
Carter Beauford, drummer in Dave Matthews Band.
Carter Bays, creator of TV show "How I Met Your Mother"
Carter Burwell, film composer.
Carter G. Woodson, African-American historian and writer. "The father of black history."
Gary "The Kid" Carter, Baseball Hall-of-Fame catcher.
Howard Carter, English archaeologist and Egyptologist who discovered Tutankhamun's tomb.
Aaron Carter - famous singer & dancer in the early 2000's
Shawn Corey Carter - real name of rapper "Jay-Z"
Carter Bach - famous football player for Giants
Carter Bach - famous baseball player for Yankees
Carter Bach - famous basketball player for Heat
Carter Reynolds-famous viner, he is apart of Magcon

Carter in song, story & screen: | Edit

Carter Hall, secret identity of Hawkman in DC comics (adapted from his real name, Katar Hol)
Carter is the name of Morgan Freeman's character in The Bucket List.
Carter Lang, a fictional film director in Joan Didion's novel "Play It as It Lays."
Dr. John Carter, fictional character portrayed by Noah Wyle on the TV show ER.
John Carter of Mars, protagonist of the Barsoom series created by Edgar Rice Burroughs and subsequent comic books and films.
Carter Kane, character in Rick Riordan's trilogy "The Kane Chronicles."

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