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Origin and popularity of the name CARTER

Origin

Carter : 1: English: occupational name for a transporter of goods from Middle English carter(e) ‘carter’ (Anglo-Norman French car(e)tier Old French charetier medieval Latin carettarius carettator). The Old French word coalesced with the earlier Middle English word cart(e) ‘cart’ which is from either Old Norse kartr or Old English cræt both of which like the Late Latin word were probably derived from Celtic. This surname is also very common among African Americans.2: Irish: shortened form of McCarter.3: Americanized form of German Karter ‘carder’.4: Americanized form (translation into English) of French Cartier.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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Geographic distribution of the 321,561 individuals with the name CARTER on Geneanet.

 

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