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Carey 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.
Carey has 2 variant forms: Carrey and Cary.
For more information, see also the related name Carol.
Baby names that sound like Carey are Carry, Caree and Corey.
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Popularity of Carey
Carey is a very popular first name for women (#915 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#627 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Carey for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Carey with its variant forms and related girl baby names.