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Carter is a surname, which originally meant a person who hauls goods in a cart. It comes from the Gaelic and Celtic word Cairt, meaning cart. Being of Gaelic and Celtic origins the name would have formed in Ireland, Scotland and later migrated to England where it was reduced to its English pronunciation and form. However, this name stems from a few common surnames, the names being McCarthy, McArthur and McCarter. People with this surname may trace their ancestors back to Ireland, many of these name holders ancestors escaped Ireland during the Irish diaspora heading to Great Britain, the American colonies typically the colonies of New York, Massachusetts, Georgia and Virginia. Other immigrants entered the United States later during the Great Famine of Ireland in the 1840s and later. By the time the early 20th century the 1900s and 1920s, came in to play many Irish immigrants coming from Ireland to the states brought this name with them as their name, with records in Ellis Island proving to this claim. In Ireland the counties with the highest amount of families living with this surname are Laois, Galway, Meath and Leitrim however all counties have families living with this surname just these counties seem to be where the name might have originated. Laois seems to be the place where most Carter's settled or where the name began in origin. Further information can be found on the Carter surname in Ireland and the counties it is predominantly found in can be viewed here on this website. In recent times, as within the past 150 to 200 years the Carter surname has been adopted widely by the African American community, either with ethnic black and Irish mixing or taken from slavemasters by former slaves. This name is popular among African Americans capable of tracing their roots back to the southern United States from the early 20th century onward.

Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States

For other people with this name, see Carter (name).

Carter may also refer to:

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  • Carter (born 1970), professional name of American artist and film director, John Carter

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