While Carter ranks much higher in the top 50 boys' names worldwide, Karter with a “k” is making a respectable showing; it’s also on the rise for girls. The spelling variation may be a result of the customization craze, where if something can be tweaked—even by one letter—it is. Or maybe it’s a nod to Beyoncé and Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), two creative individuals who’ve proved through their music that being distinctive makes a person memorable and unquestionably unique.

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Source: Social Security Administration

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