[ 2 syll. ca-rey, car-ey ] The baby girl name Carey is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being slightly more popular. It is pronounced KEHR-iy- †.
1: Carey has its origins in the Old Welsh language. It is used largely in English and Irish. The meaning of Carey is 'from Carew Castle; from the hill fort'. It is derived from the word caer rhiw with the meaning 'hill fort'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Carey for more information.
Forms of Carey include the name Caree, the English Cari, the name Carrey, the English Carri, the English Cary, the English Karey, the English Kari, the English Karri, the English Karrie, and the English Kary.
2: Carey's language of origin is Irish. Here, the meaning is 'descendent of Ciardha; descendent of the dark one'. It represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name. See Carey for more information.
3: Carey is of Latin origin. Meaning: 'mover of goods'. Its meaning is derived from the word carriarus. It represents the transferred use of the job title as a given name. See Carey for more information.
In addition, Carey is a familiar form of the English, German, and Italian Cara in the Welsh language.
Carey is also a form of the English Carol.
Carey is also a spelling variant of the English Carrie.
Carey is also a form of the English Cary.
See also the related categories, dark, irish, castle, geographic, and welsh.
Carey is uncommon as a baby girl name. At the height of its usage in 1975, 0.049% of baby girls were named Carey. It had a ranking of #304 then. The baby name has markedly slipped in popularity since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. Within the family of girl names directly related to Carey, Cara was the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Carey include Carrey, Karry, Kary, Kerey, Keri, Kerie, Kerree, Kerrey, Kerri, Kerry, Cairo, Cara, Carah, Caray, Carew, Carewe, Cari, Carie, Caro, and Carree.
† English pronunciation for Carey: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"