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Meaning and name origin
Carey \c(a)-rey\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 information, see also the related girl name Carol.
Carey is a very popular first name for females (#915 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#627 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Carey for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Carey and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carey, Carol, Caroline, Carrie and Cary. (2015 statistics).
Carey is also pronounced similarly to Cara, Carah, Caree, Cari, Carie, Caro, Carree, Carri, Carry, Coree, Corey, Correy, Corry, Cory, Karee, Karry, Kary and Korey. Other suggested similar baby names are Cacey, Cadey, Caley, Carel, Carely, Caren, Carley, Carly, Carmy, Casey, Catey, Cerea, Charee, Cherey, Clarey and Cree. These names tend to be less commonly used than Carey.
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