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Gender: M Meaning of Carter: "transporter of goods by cart" Origin of Carter: English occupational name Carter's Popularity in 2014: #27

Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but only in the past year has it broken into the Top 30, leaving the other upscale occupational surname names behind. Having hot characters named Carter on both Gossip Girl and The OC probably didn't hurt, and for fifteen years on ER" Noah Wyle's Dr. John Carter was always called by his last name. Carter also, of course, has presidential cred.

While Carter sits at Number 27 across the country, it is especially loved in the Midwest, having recently been Number 2 in Nebraska and Number 3 in Iowa, as well as spreading north to Saskatchewan (Number 2) and Manitoba (Number 5).

Famous People Named Carter

Carter Nicholas Oosterhouse, American TV personality
Carter James Camper, American ice hockey player
Carter Mark Jenkins, American actor
Carter Benedict Burwell, American film composer
Carter Godwin Woodson, American historian and author
Carter L. Bays, American writer and producer
Jimmy Carter, 39th US President

Pop Culture References for the name Carter

Carter Heywood, main character on TV's "Spin City"
Carter Kane, character in Rick Riordan's "The Kane Kronicles"
Carter Pewterschmidt, character on TV's 'Family Guy'
Carter Tibbits, character on TV's "8 Simple Rules"
Dr John Carter, character on TV's "ER"
Carter Rutherford, character in the movie "Leatherheads"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "Arrow"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Carter Baizen, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Carter's, baby clothing brand
Carter Boyd, from Canadian sitcom "18 to Life"
Carter, character on TV's BBC "Robin Hood"
Carter, character on "The Walking Dead"
Carter Grayson, Red Ranger on TV's "Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue"