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Carter Family History

Carter Name Meaning
English: occupational name for a transporter of goods, Middle English cartere, from an agent derivative of Middle English cart(e) or from Anglo-Norman French car(e)tier, a derivative of Old French caret (see Cartier). 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 originally derived from Celtic.Northern Irish: reduced form of McCarter.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Carter Families

  • Number of Carter families
     1,689 - 3,375
     564 - 1,688
     1 - 563
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Carter families
     4,126 - 8,249
     1,376 - 4,125
     1 - 1,375
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Carter families
     98 - 194
     33 - 97
     1 - 32
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Carter Family Origin

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Carter Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Carter

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Carter Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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