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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.


Carey has 2 variants: Carrey and Cary.

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)

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 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carey, Cari, Carie, Carla, Carleen, Carlene, Carley, Carly, Carol, Carole in U.S.

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