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Gender: Male Meaning of Carter: "transporter of goods by cart" Origin of Carter: English occupational name Carter's Popularity in 2017: #24

The name Carter is a boy's name of English origin meaning "transporter of goods by cart". Carter is ranked #24 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Baby Names Headed for Harvard and discussed in our forums with posts like "The middle name game (with a twist)!".

From the experts:

Carter has been popular for almost two decades, but it only cracked the Top 30 in 2014, 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.

Carter is especially popular in the Midwest, having recently been Number 2 in Nebraska and Number 3 in Iowa, as well as spreading north to Canadian provinces Saskatchewan (recently Number 2) and Manitoba (recently Number 5).

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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 Henry Harrison, U.S. Congressman from Illinois
Carter DeHaven (born Francis O'Callaghan), American actor
Carter Tate Barron, American football player and film executive
Carter Godwin Woodson, American historian and author
Carter L. Bays, American writer and producer
Carter Beauford, American drummer for the Dave Matthews Band
Carter Chasson, American model
John Carter Cash, American singer-songwriter; son of Johnny and June Carter Cash
Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, late brother of TV journalist Anderson Cooper
Carter William Thicke (b. 1999), son of actor Alan Thicke and Miss World Gina Tolleson; half-brother of singer Robin Thicke
Carter Sabathia (b. 2010), son of baseball player CC Sabathia
Carter Scott McMurray (b. 2010), son of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray
Carter Quick (b. 2013), son of ice hockey player Jonathan Quick
Carter Seven Seabrook (b. 2013), son of ice hockey player Brent Seabrook
Carter Bridge (b. 2015), son of singer Frankie Sandford and footballer Wayne Bridge
Carter John Bruce (b. 2016), son of baseball player Jay Bruce
Jimmy Carter, 39th US President
Jim Carter, English actor
Carter Stone Strauss (b. 2016), son of American pro wrestler Robbie E
Carter William DeFranco (b. 2017), son of American news reporter and YouTube personality Philip DeFranco
Carter Loard Bays, American television showrunner, writer & producer

Pop Culture References for the name Carter

Carter Hughes, character in 2018 film Benji
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 Hall aka Hawkman, character in "Arrow," "The Flash," and "Legends of Tomorrow"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "Arrow"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Carter Baizen, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Carter J. Burke, character in "Alien" series
Carter's, baby clothing brand
Carter Boyd, character on Canadian sitcom "18 to Life"
Carter, character on TV's "Robin Hood"
Carter, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Carter Grayson, Red Ranger on TV's "Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue"
"John Carter," book series and film
Carter, character in Robert Cormier's "The Chocolate War"



ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


Wel, he's not my friend anymore, He's an idiot actually. And it really doesn't suit him anymore, He's 12 and he's very immature and very selfish. Glad i'm not friends with him anymore. Now: I don't like this name that much anymore, Because he freakin ruined it.

NameLover 11 Says:


i really like this.

Alaina Says:


This is my friend's name. And I think it suits him perfectly!

LV51sfan91 Says:


I Dont get this one. Someone who pushes carts. Wow that's special!

Hailey Says:


I knew too many young Carters when I was working at a preschool, so to me it's been done to death. Plus I always think of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, :-)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I saw a girl Cooper on a video once. I was amazed, because I didn't think anyone named their girl Cooper. Of course, it's still a boy name, though. Strange how much she fit her name, though.

Guest Says:


The only female Carters I've heard as character names on tv. But somehow it's in the Top 1000 for girls. Oh well. It's definitely better than Cooper for a girl lmao

helpmechoose Says:


It's a nice boy name. I agree with another poster, horrible girls name.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I've never met a female Carter and the name is very masculine to me. I could never see a girl named Carter.

KateMP91 Says:


The first few Carters that I met were all female. They are all in their early twenties now...and their names have always suited them well!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Yes.. Carter is much better for a boy. Occupational names are ridiculous on girls. I dislike Carter more for a girl.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I love the name Carter... It's modern and masculine. I can't comprehend why anyone would want to name their daughter Carter.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Maybe not for me but it's alright.