CARTER - Name Meaning & Origin

CARTER Surname Meaning & Origin:

Carter is an English occupational name for the transporter of goods by cart or wagon. From the Anglo-Norman French "caretier," a derivative of Old French "caret" which originally meant "carrier."

Another possible derivation comes from "cairtear," a Gaelic term for tourist or sojourner.

Carter is the 46th most popular surname in the United States and the 54th most common surname in England.

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Famous People with the Surname CARTER:

  • Jimmy Carter - 39th president of the United States
  • Howard Carter - British Egyptologist and archaeologist, famous for the discovery of King Tut's tomb

Genealogy Resources for the Surname CARTER:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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CARTER Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - CARTER Genealogy
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CARTER Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Carter, and sign up for free notification when new Carter queries are added. - CARTER Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Carter.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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