Originally a last name, Carter is derived from the Old French word “caret”, meaning “he who carries”. This links Carter to the name Porter, since “porter” in French means “to carry”. Carter is a solid name, another in the series of last names that transitioned to first-name lists. Carter is also makes for a contemporary alternative to more classic-sounding names like Charles or Carl.
Rank in the year 2015
Carter was ranked #33 in the most popular American names of 2015.
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