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What does Carey mean?

Carey Pronunciation of Carey [carey] 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.

Associated with: gaelic, hill (mountain), black, surname.


Carey has 2 variants: Carrey and Cary.

Related girl name: Carol.

37 more different relations 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.

Creative forms:
(female) Cerey, Charey, ..

(male) Caer, Caney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Carey Priya (C.P.), ..

How popular is Carey?

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. Demographics)

Carey reached its peak rank of #392 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carey name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carey outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Carey listed in the Top 2000 are Cari, Carie, Carla (#873 in recent rankings), Carleen, Carlene, Carley (#1106), Carly (#389), Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carole, Caroline (#62), Caroll, Carolyn (#752), Carri, Carrie (#1680), Carry, Cary, Charla, Kari (#1817), Karla (#510) and Karli (#1292). Other variants, like Karlen, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Carey was well-received among parents 8 decades ago (average #1204) and is now significantly reduced (#1593, 91.5% less usage), with forms like Carey becoming less in vogue. Caroline is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carey, Cari, Carie, Carla, Carleen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carlene, Carley, Carly, Carlyn, Caro in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carol, Carola, Carole, Caroline, Caroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carolyn, Carri, Carrie, Carry, Cary in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Charla, Kari, Karla, Karli in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Carla, Carly, Caroline outside U.S.

Similar Names

Carey is alike in pronunciation to Caera, Caragh, Carah, Charo, Cora, Coree, Corey, Cori, Corie, Correy, Cory, Kara, Karah, Karee, Karie, Karra, Karri, Kary, Keree, Kerry, Koree, Korey, Korrey, Korry and Kory. Other recommended names are Cacey, Cadee, Cadey, Caitey, Calee, Calen, Caley, Cameo, Candy, Carel, Carely, Caren, Cariel, Carin, Carmen, Carmy, Carna, Carryn, Carwen, Casee, Casey, Cassy, Catee (see Kate), Catey, Caycey (see Casey), Cerea, Chaney, Charee, Charly, Cherey, Clarey, Clary, Codey, Coren, Cree, Daney, Darbey (see Darby), Darcey, Haley, Kasey, Ladey, Laney, Lorey, Margey, Marjey (see Margaret), Marney, Raley, Samey, Tacey and Torey. These names tend to be less frequently used than Carey.

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