Carter (name)

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Carter (name)
Origin
Region of origin Ireland, Scotland, England
Language(s) Latin, Gaelic
Meaning "transports goods by cart"
Other names
Variant(s) McCarter
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Carter is a family name, and also may be a given name. Carter is of Irish, Scottish and English origin and is an occupational name given to one who transports goods by cart or wagon originally believed to be of Gaelic and Celtic origins and a possible form of the name McCarter. Mc generally means son of.[2] However, it is known to be from the Gaelic word cairt meaning cart, and ultimately from the Latin carettarius. It is the 44th most common surname in the United States, 56th most common in England, 523rd most common in Ireland, and 274th in Scotland.[1]

People of European heritage bearing this surname may trace their ancestors back to Ireland, England or Scotland. Within the past 150 years, the Carter surname has been adopted widely by the African American taken from slavemasters by former slaves upon the Emancipation and 13th Amendment. This name is common among African Americans capable of tracing their roots back to the southern United States or Caribbean from the early 20th century onward, with some 35% of name holders of Carter in the United States being of African-American descent and it being the 22nd most common surname for Black Americans.

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  • Ian Carter (born 1967), British-born Canadian soccer player

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  • Yannick Carter (born 1984), Canadian football linebacker
  • Yvonne Carter (1959–2009), British doctor and Dean of Warwick Medical School

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Carter
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Gaelic
Meaning "transports goods by cart"
Region of origin Ireland, Scotland, England

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  • Carter Beauford (born 1957), American drummer and founding member of the Dave Matthews Band
  • Carter Braxton (1736–1797), American signer of the Declaration of Independence, representative of Virginia
  • Carter Burwell (born 1955), American composer of film soundtracks
  • Carter Camp (1941–2013) Carter Camp was an American Indian Movement activist. Camp played a leading role in the 1972 Trail of Broken Treaties.
  • Carter Camper (born 1988), American ice hockey player
  • Carter G. Woodson (1875–1950), American historian, author, journalist, founder of Black History Month
  • Carter Glass (1858–1946), American politician from Virginia
  • Carter Harrison, Sr. (1825–1893), mayor of Chicago 1879–1893; assassinated
  • Carter Harrison, Jr. (1860–1953), mayor of Chicago 1897–1915
  • Carter Bassett Harrison (c. 1756–1808), American politician from Virginia, brother of U.S. President William Henry Harrison
  • Carter Jenkins (born 1991), American actor, starred in Surface
  • Carter B. Magruder (1900–1988), was a United States Army general
  • Carter Stanley (1925–1966), American bluegrass musician; one of The Stanley Brothers

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