From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Carter is a surname which originally meant a person who hauls goods in a cart. It comes from the Gaelic and Celtic word cairt (cart). Being of Gaelic and Celtic origins the name originated in Ireland and 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. The Irish counties with the highest amount of families having this surname are Laois, Galway, Meath and Leitrim; Laois seems to be the place where most Carters settled or where the name began in origin. 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 common among African Americans capable of tracing their roots back to the southern United States from the early 20th century onward.

People with the name Carter[edit]

In politics[edit]

In fiction[edit]

In literature[edit]

In science[edit]

In music[edit]

In the visual arts[edit]

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

In sports[edit]

  • Ali Carter (born 1979), English snooker player
  • Cris Carter (born 1965), American football wide receiver and analyst
  • Dixie Carter, professional wrestling promoter, and current president of TNA
  • Duron Carter (born 1991), American wide receiver in both American and Canadian football; son of Cris
  • Ethan Carter III (born 1983), ring name of American professional wrestler Michael Hutter, currently working in TNA, and formerly known as Derrick Bateman in the WWE
  • Jimmy Carter (born 1965), English footballer
  • Vince Carter, professional basketball player, currently plays for Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA

In geography[edit]


See also[edit]

External links[edit]