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Where did the English Carter family come from? What is the English Carter family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carter family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carter family history?

The ancestry of the name Carter can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who builds carts. Another alternative origin of this surname is guard which is derived from the Old English word Caretarius or Carda.


Carter has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Carter, Carters and others.

First found in Winchester, where the Carter family held a family seat from ancient times. The name first appeared on the tax records of the Middle Ages dating back to the years immediately after the Norman Conquest of 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carter research. Another 191 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1250, 1619, 1676, 1654, 1660, 1608, 1684, 1637, 1642, 1617, 1668, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Carter History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Carter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Carters to arrive on North American shores:

Carter Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Carter, aged 45, arrived in St Christopher in 1633
  • Anto Carter, aged 22, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Barb Carter, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
  • Elizabeth Carter, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • David Carter, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Carter Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Him Carter, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Eliza Carter, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • Charles Carter, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798
  • Charles Carter, who was naturalized in Mississippi in 1798
  • Benjamin Carter, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Carter Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Carter, who landed in America in 1818
  • Mr. Carter, who landed in Mobile Ala in 1821
  • Edith Ann Carter, who arrived in Baltimore in 1826
  • Alicia Carter, who arrived in Boston in 1849
  • Emma Carter, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Carter Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Kirkland Carter, who arrived in Alabama in 1924


  • Marshall Carter (1909-1993), American Army officer, Chief of Staff of the US Eighth Army in Korea (1959-60) and Commanding General, Army Air Defense Center (1961-62)
  • President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter (b. 1924), 39th President of the U.S.A (1977-81) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Valerie June Carter (1929-2003), American Country music legend and wife of Johnny Cash, better known as June Carter Cash
  • Ron Carter (b. 1937), American jazz double-bassist and acclaimed cellist
  • Elliot Cook Carter Jr. (b. 1908), American two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Hurricane Carter (b. 1937), American boxer falsely convicted of murder
  • Benny Carter (1907-2003), American jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader
  • Elanor Rosalynn Smith Carter (b. 1927), former First Lady of president of the United States Jimmy Carter and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Captain Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr. (1947-1991), former NASA Astronaut with 120 hours in space
  • Major-General Arthur Hazelton Carter (1884-1965), American Director of Fiscal Division, Army Service Forces (1943-1945)



  • Brief History and Genealogy of the Carter and Some Allied Families by Lyle Carter.
  • The Carter and Fulcher Families by Jane Chapman.

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The Carter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carter Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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