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Carter Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Carter?

Ranking 26th in popularity in the United States for boys in 2016, the name Carter is very popular.

Currently in the top 50, this name has not always been in the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #24 in 2015 with 10,761 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Carter was less than 5, most recently in 1882.

Approximately during the years 1895-1900, 1909-1914, 1921-1924, 1930-1934, 1944-1947, 1968-1971, and 1979-2014, the name Carter took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1926-1930, and 1975-1979.

Currently, the name is at or near its highest point when compared to its most popular year.

How popular will Carter be?

Carter's popularity has been soaring upward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Carter for their newborn has risen.

The name Carter is a huge favorite and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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   Carter (Girl)Carter (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2016 699 454 10,134 26
2015 579 537 10,761 24
2014 355 787 10,658 27
2013 299 861 9,565 33
2012 245 1,032 9,253 36
2011 195 1,226 8,596 41
2010 160 1,430 8,152 48
2009 119 1,809 8,167 50
2008 104 2,007 7,060 65
2007 102 2,003 6,099 80
2006 123 1,701 6,430 75
2005 120 1,653 5,898 77
2004 114 1,701 5,009 89
2003 101 1,831 4,171 102
2002 66 2,420 3,480 108
2001 80 2,078 3,434 111
2000 91 1,870 2,550 152
1999 83 1,896 1,943 179
1998 63 2,252 1,800 189
1997 61 2,233 1,540 204
1996 66 2,088 1,216 243
1995 59 2,250 919 286
1994 44 2,755 543 423
1993 44 2,729 550 419
1992 30 3,596 487 450
1991 41 2,849 391 499
1990 31 3,444 333 551
1989 22 4,265 294 565
1988 15 5,359 264 569
1987 27 3,348 212 626
1986 21 3,903 182 663
1985 24 3,526 176 666
1984 15 4,766 134 749
1983 9 6,777 119 803
1982 12 5,584 118 813
1981 11 5,932 88 962
1980 8 7,515 92 929
1979 < 5 -- 64 1,118
1978 9 6,458 72 1,028
1977 11 5,566 122 773
1976 14 4,384 158 651
1975 10 5,580 163 633
1974 14 4,258 142 686
1973 11 4,913 132 699
1972 9 5,527 165 615
1971 11 4,842 199 580
1970 9 5,453 156 656
1969 8 5,507 151 645
1968 6 6,342 124 676
1967 < 5 -- 141 634
1966 < 5 -- 127 656
1965 8 4,880 115 696
1964 5 6,884 133 668
1963 7 5,368 159 617
1962 10 4,299 130 680
1961 6 5,922 133 674
1960 < 5 -- 139 665
1959 7 5,092 134 662
1958 5 6,215 164 602
1957 5 6,190 140 649
1956 7 4,883 176 576
1955 9 4,107 151 601
1954 < 5 -- 190 530
1953 8 4,281 161 557
1952 8 4,173 156 560
1951 8 4,066 172 522
1950 7 4,382 170 516
1949 6 4,746 178 495
1948 9 3,632 150 542
1947 < 5 -- 178 502
1946 < 5 -- 148 525
1945 < 5 -- 126 533
1944 5 4,659 122 548
1943 5 4,785 130 553
1942 < 5 -- 112 589
1941 7 3,623 109 569
1940 6 3,930 88 635
1939 6 3,817 77 675
1938 < 5 -- 106 568
1937 < 5 -- 99 580
1936 < 5 -- 98 582
1935 < 5 -- 101 576
1934 < 5 -- 97 598
1933 < 5 -- 77 670
1932 < 5 -- 68 766
1931 7 3,538 78 678
1930 < 5 -- 62 824
1929 < 5 -- 71 752
1928 < 5 -- 78 725
1927 9 3,325 85 702
1926 < 5 -- 89 670
1925 6 4,515 88 683
1924 < 5 -- 112 604
1923 < 5 -- 84 706
1922 < 5 -- 93 666
1921 < 5 -- 83 723
1920 5 5,097 98 636
1919 < 5 -- 107 580
1918 5 4,930 95 628
1917 < 5 -- 91 620
1916 < 5 -- 83 641
1915 < 5 -- 78 659
1914 < 5 -- 92 509
1913 < 5 -- 37 780
1912 < 5 -- 45 613
1911 < 5 -- 26 597
1910 < 5 -- 26 557
1909 < 5 -- 22 559
1908 < 5 -- 25 500
1907 < 5 -- 18 595
1906 < 5 -- 15 620
1905 < 5 -- 16 595
1904 < 5 -- 25 418
1903 < 5 -- 23 415
1902 < 5 -- 11 696
1901 < 5 -- 13 569
1900 < 5 -- 31 403
1899 < 5 -- 14 524
1898 < 5 -- 14 580
1897 < 5 -- 16 501
1896 < 5 -- 13 602
1895 < 5 -- 9 747
1894 < 5 -- 16 504
1893 < 5 -- 13 545
1892 < 5 -- 18 465
1891 < 5 -- 13 500
1890 < 5 -- 8 757
1889 < 5 -- 11 591
1888 < 5 -- 15 507
1887 < 5 -- 13 495
1886 < 5 -- 15 474
1885 < 5 -- 10 613
1884 < 5 -- 13 526
1883 < 5 -- 11 562
1882 < 5 -- < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- 12 506
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.