What does Carey mean?
Carey \c(a)-rey\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Carey) is pronounced KER-ee. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Carey is "love". From "caru". Also possibly a place name from Welsh "rhiw" meaning "hill fort", or from Gaelic "ciar" meaning "black", and Latin "carriarus" for an occupational surname for those who moved goods. Also possibly a short from of Caroline; or variant spelling of Cary, influenced by Carrie. Also a pet form of Ceridwen. Actress Carey Lowell.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Carol.
Carey▼ has 37 more different forms via Caroline, Carrie, Cary, Ceridwen: Caddy, Caralyn, Caree, Cari▼, Carie, Carilyn, Carla▼, Carlan, Carleen▼, Carlein, Carlen, Carlene▼, Carley▼, Carlin, Carllen, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Caro, Carol▼, Carola, Carole▼, Caroll, Carolyn▼, Carree, Carri, Carrie▼, Carry, Ceri, Charla▼, Karelyn, Kari▼, Karla, Karlen and Karli▼.
Carey is a very prominent first name for females (#915 out of 4276, Top 21%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#547 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Carey for girls. Carey was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #404 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent alternative forms of Carey listed in the Top 1000 are Cari, Carie, Carla (#864 in 2014), Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carly (#357), Carol, Carole, Caroline (#58), Carolyn (#742), Carri, Carrie, Cary, Charla, Kari, Karla (#504) and Karli. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4447%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1303%, down 70.7%), with forms like Carla, Carley, Carolyn, Carrie and Karli falling out of style. Carly (#357), Caroline (#58) and Karla (#504) are three of the more contemporarily stylish baby names in this list, with Caroline going through a rebound in usage. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Carey and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Carey▼ is alike in pronunciation to Cara▼, Carah, Coree, Corey▼, Correy, Corry, Cory, Karee, Karry, Kary and Korey. Other recommended similar baby names are Cacey, Cadey, Caley, Carel, Carely, Caren▼, Carmy, Casey▼, Catey, Cerea, Charee, Cherey, Clarey and Cree. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carey.