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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.

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The surname Carter was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of this surname at this time include William Carter of Eccleshall Castle; Sir John Carter (ca.1619-1676), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1660; The Rev. Thomas Carter (1608-1684), a...

Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carter Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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
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Carter Settlers in 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 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
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Carter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Kirkland Carter, who arrived in Alabama in 1924

Carter Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Chris Carter, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705
  • Davd Jonathn Carter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Eliz Carter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Carter, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Charles Carter, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Carter Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Carter, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" from London, England
  • Mary Carter, aged 27, a his, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" from London, England
  • Mary Carter Junior, aged 3 months, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" from London, England
  • John Carter, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Sophia Carter, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
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Carter Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Carter, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Benjamin Carter, a tailor, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ellen Carter, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Crisp Harridge Carter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
  • Eliza Carter arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Lilford" in 1839
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Carter Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • B Carter landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1837
  • Charles Carter landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Carter landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Aurora
  • Joseph Carter, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
  • Ann Carter, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aurora" in 1840
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  • Jackie Carter (1953-2016), African-American children's book editor and author
  • Myra Carter (1929-2016), American Drama Desk Award winning actress of stage, screen and television who won a Joe A. Callaway Award for her performance in King John
  • Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (1937-2014), American middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder, inspiration of the Bob Dylan song "Hurricane," and the 1999 film The Hurricane
  • Ty Michael Carter (1980-2013), United States Army staff sergeant who served in the War in Afghanistan, recipient of the Medal of Honor, on August 26, 2013
  • Keith Eyre Carter (1924-2013), American Olympic silver medalist swimmer at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Gary Edmund "Kid" Carter (1954-2012), American Major League Baseball catcher, inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (2003)
  • Brigadier-General Ellerbe Winn Carter (1884-1972), American Commanding Officer Artillery 7th Division (1942-1943)
  • Major-General Arthur Hazelton Carter (1884-1965), American Director of Fiscal Division, Army Service Forces (1943-1945)
  • Brigadier-General George M. Carter (1894-1958), American Adjutant-General of Maine (1941)
  • Major-General Warren Rice Carter (1898-1992), American Deputy Commanding General Tactical Air Command (1946-1947)
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Carter Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Harold Hewitt Carter (1879-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Alfred  Carter (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Clara  Carter (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert J W Carter (b. 1922), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Stanley Carter, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Robert Carter (b. 1917), English Ordinary Seaman from England, who sailed on the HMS Prince of Wales prior to its sinking
  • Mr. Charles Carter, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ralph Carter, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, was listed as missing in action in 1941
  • Mr. John Carter, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Herbert Carter, British Able Seaman-Gunner, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James W. Carter (d. 1912), aged 46, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Father Ernest Courtenay Carter (d. 1912), aged 54, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Lilian Carter (d. 1912), (née Hughes), aged 45, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Lucile Carter, (née Polk), aged 36, American First Class passenger from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
  • Master William Thornton II Carter, aged 11, American First Class passenger from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 4
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  • 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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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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