Gender: Male Meaning of Carter: "transporter of goods by cart" Origin of Carter: English occupational name Carter's Popularity in 2019: #30

Carter Origin and Meaning

The name Carter is a boy's name of English origin meaning "transporter of goods by cart".

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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Rank in US: #30

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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.