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What does Casey mean?

Casey Pronunciation of Casey [casey] as a girls' name is pronounced KAY-see. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Casey is "alert, watchful". From the male Gaelic name Cathasaigh. Also variant of Cassie and diminutive of Acacia. Made famous by the popular song about the heroism of Luther Casey Jones, a US engine driver who died to save the lives of his passengers. His nickname was derived from his home town, spelled Cayce.

Associated with: irish.


Casey has 57 variants: Cacey, Caci, Cacia, Cacie, Cacy, Caisee, Caisey, Caisi, Caisie, Cascy, Casee, Casen, Casi, Casie, Cass, Casse, Cassee, Cassey, Cassye, Casy, Cayce, Caycee, Caycey, Cayci, Caycie, Cayse, Caysee, Caysey, Caysi, Caysie, Cazzi, Kace, Kacee, Kacey, Kaci, Kacie, Kacy, Kacye, Kacyee, Kaissie, Kasci, Kasee, Kasey, Kasi, Kasie, Kayce, Kaycee, Kaycey, Kayci, Kaycie, Kayse, Kaysee, Kaysey, Kaysi, Kaysie, Kaysy and Kaysyee.

Related girl names: Kelsey and Cassandra.

11 more relations via Acacia, Cassie: Casha, Casia, Cassi, Cassie, Cassy, Caysha, Kasse, Kassey, Kassi, Kassy and Kasy.

3 masculine forms: Kacey, Kasey and Kasi.

Creative forms:
(female) Cansey, Cesey, ..

(male) Caby, Caney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Casey Elliot (C.E.), ..

How popular is Casey?

Casey is a very prominent first name for females (#461 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#463 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Casey entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #103 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is at #814 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular variation forms of Casey (#814 from recent data) are Kelsey (#344 from recent data), Cassandra (#511), Kasey (#1092), Kaycee (#1258), Cassie (#1264), Kacey (#1316), Kacie (#1557), Kaci (#1573), Acacia (#1954), Cassey, Kayce, Kayci, Kaycie, Casie, Kassi, Kasie, Cassy, Kacy, Cassi, Kasi and Kacee. Usage of these relations of Casey reached its apex 23 years ago (average #1106) and has become much reduced since (#1621, 92.1% less usage), with forms such as Cassie becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Casey, Acacia, Casie, Cassandra, Cassey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cassi, Cassie, Cassy, Kacee, Kacey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaci, Kacie, Kacy, Kasey, Kasi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kasie, Kassi, Kayce, Kaycee, Kayci in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaycie, Kelsey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Casey, Cassandra, Kasey, Kelsey outside U.S.

Similar Names

Casey is pronounced similarly to Cassia, Cazzy, Kascey, Kasya and Kessy. Other suggested similar names are Caddy, Cadey, Cady, Cailey, Caity, Calee, Caley, Calley, Cameo, Cammy, Candy, Caree, Carel, Carely, Caren, Carey, Carley, Carly, Carmy, Carrey, Carry, Cas, Casidy, Cason, Cate, Catee (see Kate), Catey, Cathy, Caye, Cayley, Chaney, Chassey, Chassy, Chasty, Cissey, Cissy, Clarey, Cloey, Codey, Coley, Corey, Dacey, Daisey, Daney, Darsey, Haley, Jacey, Jamey, Janey, Josey, Kaley, Katey, Laisey, Laney, Macey, Maisey, Marsey, Mazey, Nansey, Pansey, Posey, Raley, Ramsey, Rosey, Samey, Stasey, Tacey, Taney, Tansey and Tashey. These names tend to be less frequently used than Casey.

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