Derived from the occupation of an ancestor
Maker or driver of carts
In 1853 the 50th most common name in England and Wales
ii) Old French
Cottle, Basil, The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames (London:
Penguin UK, 1967)
ii) Reaney & Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames (Oxford:
Oxford University Press, 1958)
line of the Carter family were connected to the Hampshire village
in the 17th and 18th centuries and it was in the village that my 3x
great grandmother Dinah Carter - a shopkeeper - was born in 1785.
Her 3x great grandparents - John and Thomasine - had married in the
village in 1664.
In 1813 Dinah Carter married Thomas Heighes,
an agricultural labourer from the neighbouring village of Empshott.
They had 4 (known) children.