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What does Cary mean?

Cary Pronunciation of Cary 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. Also form of Carroll. Also form of Charles.


ASSOCIATED WITH surname, old, river, hill (mountain), dark, saint, 16th century


VARIANTS Carey, Carrey




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How popular is Cary?

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 (#2756 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Cary reached its peak position of #291 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not ranked currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Cary appearing in the Top 2000 are Charles (#52 FROM RECENT DATA), Carey and Carroll. Usage of these relations of Cary was at its apex a century ago (MEDIAN #334) and has become much less since (#1513, 91.5% LESS USAGE), with versions such as Carey becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cary, Carey, Carroll, Charles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cary is alike in pronunciation to Cairo, Carew, Carewe, Chiro, Coree, Corey, Corie, Correy, Corry, Cory, Courey, Cowrey, Cowry, Currey, Curro, Curry, Kari, Keary, Kerry, Korey, Kori, Korry and Kory. Other recommended sound-alike names are Avry, Barry, Cace, Cadby, Cael, Caeo, Caerd, Cai, Caily, Caird, Caje, Caley, Cam, Camry, Canby, Cap, Capp, Card, Carel, Carl, Carly, Carney, Carny, Carr, Caryl, Casey, Caw, Ceri, Chany, Ciro, Clarey, Clay, Cleary, Cor, Corby, Cord, Cort, Coty, Croy, Curt, Czar, Darry, Garry, Gary, Gery, Jary, Lary, Lawry, Mabry, Rory, Tory and Yury. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cary.