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Meaning and name origin

Cary \c(a)-ry\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Cary), is pronounced KARE-ee. Surname and place name from an old Celtic river name. Also possibly (Gaelic) "love", (Welsh) "hill fort", or (Gaelic) "dark-complected". Also an Irish saint's name (16th century). Actor Cary Grant; Jim Carrey.


Variations

Cary has 2 variant forms: Carey and Carrey.

For more information, see also related boy names Carroll and Charles.

There is 1 feminine form of Cary: Carey.


Popularity

Cary is a very popular first name for males (#492 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2670 out of 88799, Top 3%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cary for boys. Cary reached its highest rank of #307 in the U.S. in 1960-1969 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cary name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cary and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Charles (#51), Cary, Carroll and Carey. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Carey, Carroll, Cary, Charles in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Cary is also pronounced similarly to Cairo, Carew, Corey, Corry, Cory, Cowry, Curry, Kari, Keary and Kory. Other suggested similar baby names are Camry, Card, Carl, Carly, Carny, Carr, Caryl, Ceri, Ciro, Cor, Croy, Czar, Gary, Jary and Lary. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cary.

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