Carter

Carter - A popular male name



  Dec 10,2018      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Carter, meaning transporter of goods by cart, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1912 on position #634. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Carter and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Carter? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Carter. The baby boy name Carter was given to 9,202 baby boys in 2012, ranking #36 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 178 baby boys were given this name - making this a popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Carter peaked in popularity 6 years ago in 2012 on position 36.



Famous with this name

Sarah Carter
Freddy Carter
Kayli Carter


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Carter is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Carter is currently topping the baby name charts in Iowa at position #3 - and is the least popular in New Mexico at position #148.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Carter is where you live.


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  • BabyNameScience.com - Baby Name ExpertA few moments ago
    Looking for a popular and unique name? Just because Carter is a popular baby name it doesn't mean that every other kid on the block will have the same name. In fact, assuming that little Carter goes to a school with 500 kids there will actually be less than 1 other boys in that school with the same name. Unique and popular!

Carter origin and meaning

Carter is a 6 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means transporter of goods by cart. To see famous people named Carter, pop culture references for the name Carter and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Carter

We've found the following names that sound similar to Carter, sorted by popularity.

Cordero / Cordarius / Cordaro / Cartier / Corderro / Cordarryl / Cordaryl / Cordarrius / Cordera / Cordarious /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201236
201141
201048
200950
200865
200780
200675
200577
200489
2003102
2002107
2001111
2000152
1999178
1998187
1997204
1996243
1995286
1994424
1993419
1992444
1991486
1990571
1989564
1988582
1987640
1986702
1985694
1984785
1983940
1982843
1981953
19801014
19791318
19781143
1977883
1976668
1975671
1974760
1973789
1972665
1971643
1970675
1969660
1968692
1967653
1966723
1965734
1964686
1963659
1962703
1961708
1960671
1959671
1958630
1957713
1956553
1955615
1954548
1953572
1952615
1951529
1950541
1949522
1948576
1947531
1946544
1945541
1944556
1943584
1942714
1941665
1940834
1939763
1938563
1937670
1936668
1935639
1934640
1933737
1932866
1931727
1930944
1929800
1928821
1927756
1926732
1925717
1924612
1923800
1922716
1921859
1920640
1919609
1918681
1917645
1916634
1915687
1914592
19131122
1912634

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Iowa3
Michigan5
Ohio8
Maine9
South Dakota9
Idaho9
Indiana9
Wisconsin9
Wyoming10
North Dakota10
Utah11
Nebraska11
New Hampshire11
Missouri12
Vermont14
Minnesota15
Alaska16
Pennsylvania18
West Virginia18
Alabama21
Louisiana24
Montana25
Kentucky26
Mississippi27
Washington27
Oregon29
South Carolina29
Kansas30
Arkansas31
North Carolina31
Delaware32
Maryland36
Oklahoma36
Colorado36
Georgia36
Virginia39
Illinois39
Tennessee40
District of Columbia44
Connecticut48
New York51
Arizona52
Massachusetts61
Florida63
Nevada63
Rhode Island67
New Jersey73
Texas74
Hawaii93
California102
New Mexico148

Even more about Carter


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Carter a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a popular male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Carter?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
2012
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Carter
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 178
Letter count 6
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1912
2012 births +9,202

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