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.
There is 1 feminine form of Cary: Carey.
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).
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).
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.