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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.

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.


Cary is a very popular first name for males (#492 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2670 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cary for boys (2015 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. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Carey, Carroll, Cary and Charles. (2015 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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