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Carter Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Carter?

Ranking 24th in popularity in the United States for boys in 2018, 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 for the first time in 2015 and as recently as 2018.

The name was given to the greatest number of children in 2015 with 10,780 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 1975-1978.

Currently, the name is at a very high 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 however, the number of parents selecting the name Carter for their newborn has remained about the same.

The name Carter is favored by many parents and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

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   Carter (Girl)Carter (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 652 478 9,312 24
2017 599 520 9,787 24
2016 702 455 10,185 26
2015 579 539 10,780 24
2014 355 787 10,677 27
2013 299 862 9,571 34
2012 246 1,030 9,262 36
2011 195 1,226 8,598 41
2010 160 1,431 8,156 48
2009 119 1,809 8,167 50
2008 104 2,007 7,063 65
2007 102 2,003 6,100 80
2006 123 1,703 6,431 75
2005 120 1,656 5,899 77
2004 114 1,701 5,009 89
2003 101 1,832 4,171 102
2002 66 2,420 3,480 108
2001 80 2,078 3,435 111
2000 91 1,870 2,550 152
1999 83 1,897 1,943 179
1998 63 2,252 1,800 189
1997 61 2,233 1,540 204
1996 66 2,089 1,216 243
1995 59 2,251 919 286
1994 44 2,756 543 423
1993 44 2,730 550 419
1992 30 3,597 487 450
1991 41 2,849 391 499
1990 32 3,375 333 552
1989 22 4,265 294 565
1988 15 5,362 265 569
1987 27 3,349 212 626
1986 21 3,903 182 665
1985 24 3,526 176 666
1984 15 4,767 134 749
1983 9 6,781 119 804
1982 12 5,584 118 812
1981 11 5,933 87 967
1980 8 7,515 92 928
1979 < 5 -- 65 1,108
1978 9 6,457 71 1,034
1977 11 5,566 122 772
1976 14 4,385 158 651
1975 10 5,581 162 636
1974 14 4,257 142 686
1973 11 4,914 131 701
1972 9 5,528 164 615
1971 11 4,841 197 587
1970 9 5,452 156 656
1969 8 5,509 150 646
1968 6 6,345 124 676
1967 < 5 -- 140 634
1966 < 5 -- 127 656
1965 8 4,879 114 696
1964 < 5 -- 132 669
1963 7 5,367 158 621
1962 10 4,300 130 680
1961 6 5,922 132 674
1960 < 5 -- 139 665
1959 7 5,091 134 662
1958 5 6,217 164 602
1957 5 6,193 140 649
1956 7 4,884 176 575
1955 9 4,110 150 604
1954 < 5 -- 191 527
1953 8 4,282 161 557
1952 8 4,175 156 559
1951 8 4,067 172 522
1950 7 4,377 170 516
1949 6 4,746 178 495
1948 9 3,629 150 543
1947 < 5 -- 178 502
1946 < 5 -- 148 525
1945 < 5 -- 125 535
1944 5 4,659 122 548
1943 5 4,785 130 553
1942 < 5 -- 112 588
1941 7 3,622 109 569
1940 6 3,930 88 635
1939 6 3,819 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 3,539 78 678
1930 < 5 -- 62 824
1929 < 5 -- 71 752
1928 < 5 -- 78 724
1927 9 3,325 85 702
1926 < 5 -- 89 671
1925 6 4,516 88 682
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 -- 45 612
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 -- 11 561
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.