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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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