Meaning and Name Origin
Cary \c(a)-ry\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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 1 feminine form: Carey.
Cary is a very popular first name for men (#492 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2670 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Cary for boys. Cary reached its peak position of #307 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Cary and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Cary appearing in the Top 1000 are Charles (#51 last year), Carroll and Carey. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1950-1959 and has become much less since, with the versions Cary, Carroll and Carey becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Cary▼ is alike in pronunciation to Cairo, Carew, Corey▲, Corry, Cory▼, Cowry, Curry, Kari, Keary and Kory▼. Other recommended 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 frequently used than Cary.