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Cary (girl)

What does Cary mean?

Cary Pronunciation of Cary [cary] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Cary) is of Gaelic and Old German origin, and Cary means "love; free man". Cary is a variant form of Carey (Gaelic): from "caru". Cary is also a form of Carol (Old German). Cary is also used as a variant of Caroline (Old German) and Carrie (Old German).

Associated with: gaelic.


Cary has 9 variants: Caree, Cari, Carie, Caro, Carree, Carrey, Carri, Carry and Kari.

36 more related forms via Carey, Carol, Caroline, Carrie: Caddy, Caralyn, Carel, Carely, Cariel, Carilyn, Carla, Carlan, Carlen, Carley, Carlin, Carly, Carlyn, Carlyna, Carlyne, Carlynn, Carola, Carole, Caroll, Caroly, Carolyn, Carrol, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Charla, Charyl, Cheryl, Karel, Karla, Karli, Karol, Karryl, Karyl, Karyll and Keryl.

Creative forms:
(female) Calys, Cery, ..

(male) Caon, Carya, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cary Natalya (C.N.), ..

How popular is Cary?

Cary is a very prominent first name for females (#1494 out of 4276, Top 35%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2756 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Cary reached its highest rank of #855 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Cary ranked in the Top 2000 are Carey, Cari, Carie, Carla (#873 from current records), Carley (#1106), Carly (#389), Carlyn, Caro, Carol (#1768), Carola, Carole, Caroline (#62), Caroll, Carolyn (#752), Carri, Carrie (#1680), Carrol, Carry, Caryl, Charla, Cheryl, Karel, Kari (#1817), Karla (#510), Karli (#1292), Karol and Karyl. Other variants, like Caryll, are seldom used. These relations of Cary were popular with parents 8 decades ago (average #1142) and are now much less common (#1651, down 92.2%), with forms such as Cheryl becoming less stylish. Caroline is the most chic girl name among these.

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

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Carri, Carrie, Carrol, Carry, Caryl in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Karli, Karol, Karyl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cary is alike in pronunciation to Chiara, Cora, Corey, Corie, Correy, Corri, Corry, Cory, Kaara, Karie, Karra, Karri, Karry, Kary, Keara, Kera, Keri, Kerry, Kira, Kiri, Kirya, Kora, Korey, Kori and Kory. Other recommended names are Caci, Cacy, Cady, Cain, Caity, Cal, Cala, Cally, Cami, Camryn, Caren, Carle, Carli, Carma, Carmi, Carmy, Caron, Caryn, Carys, Cascy, Casi, Cass, Casy, Cathy, Caty, Cay, Caye, Cazzy, Ceara, Cera, Ceri, Cerys, Char, Chara, Chari, Chery, Ciara, Cira, Ciri, Clare, Clari, Clary, Coady, Cor, Cyra, Jery, Mary, Shary, Tory and Zary. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cary.

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