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Cartter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Cartter is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a person who builds carts. Another alternative origin of this surname is guard which is derived from the Old English word Caretarius or Carda.


Early Origins of the Cartter family


The surname Cartter was first found in Winchester, where the Cartter 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.

Early History of the Cartter family


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Cartter Spelling Variations


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Cartter are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cartter include Carter, Carters and others.

Early Notables of the Cartter family (pre 1700)


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...
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Migration of the Cartter family to Ireland


Some of the Cartter family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cartter family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cartter or a variant listed above: Ambrose Carter, who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Carter and his wife Frances, who came to Philadelphia in 1685 with their children Thomas, Henry, Ann, and John, Chris Carter, who immigrated to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1705.

Contemporary Notables of the name Cartter (post 1700)


  • Harley High Cartter (1810-1874), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County, 1845, 1850; Justice of Arizona Territorial Supreme Court, 1867
  • David Kellogg Cartter (1812-1887), American politician, Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1849-53; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1860; U.S. Minister to Bolivia, 1861-62; Justice of District of Columbia supreme court, 1863; U.S. Collector of Customs, 1875-77
  • Zeboim Cartter Patten (1840-1925), American industrialist, capitalist, and American Civil War captain, founder of the Volunteer Life Insurance Company

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