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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 2 variants: Carey and Carrey.

For more on this name, see also related boy names Carroll and Charles.

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)

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

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

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)

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 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.