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pinWhat does Carey mean?

Carey /ca-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.


Carey has 2 variants: Carrey and Cary.

Related girl name: Carol.

Carey has 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.

Kreatif forms: Cerey, Charey, Cirey. [more]

pinHow 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. 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. in the 1970s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carey name in U.S.

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

Prominent alternative forms of Carey listed in the Top 1000 are Cari, Carie, Carla (#864 2 years ago), Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carly (#357), Carol, Carole, Caroline (#58), Carolyn (#742), Carri, Carrie, Cary, Charla, Kari, Karla (#504) and Karli. Other variants, like Carlyna, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Carey was well-received among parents during the years 1970-1979 (average #555) and is somewhat less today (#869, 70.7% less), with forms like Carla, Carley, Carolyn, Carrie and Karli falling out of style. Caroline has been the most recognizable form, though Karla has gained in popularity over time. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Carey and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carey, Cari, Carie, Carla, Carleen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carlene, Carley, Carly, Carol, Carole in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Caroline, Carolyn, Carri, Carrie, Cary in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Charla, Kari, Karla, Karli in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

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.