What does the name Carter mean?
Carter is a name of Irish, English and Scottish extraction. The origin of the surname Carter is mostly occupational, deriving from someone who used a wagon or cart to transport goods from place to place. Carter can also stem from the Gaelic word 'cairtear', a description of someone who is a traveller or non-native. The surname Carter is also often used by African Americans as a result of the enslaved being given the surname of their slavers, making it the 22nd most prevalent surname in the Black American community.
The earliest occurrence of the Carter surname in our family history documents is from 1411, and we currently have 3,205,652 records where Carter appears.
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Typical jobs for Carters
Hard-working people, the Carters. 3112 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Carters lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Carter in London.
Carters’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Carters were angels, apparently. We found 3588 in criminal records.
Carters in World War I
According to the World War I records, 4245 Carters served in the First World War.