Carrie - Meaning of Carrie
[ 2 syll. car-rie, ca-rr-ie ] The baby girl name Carrie is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is far more popular. It is pronounced as KAA-RRiy- or KEY-R-iy- †. Carrie's language of origin is Old Welsh, English, Germanic, and Celtic. It is predominantly used in English. The name first originated in the 19th century as a diminutive of Caroline, Carol, or other names starting with 'Car-'. It grew in popularity after Stephen King published his horror novel Carrie (1974).
In addition, Carrie is a form (English) of the Welsh, English, and Irish Carey.
Carrie is also a form of the English Carissa.
Carrie is also a diminutive of the English Carol.
Carrie is also a diminutive (English) of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline.
Carrie is also a form (English) of the English, Gaelic, and Irish Ciara.
The shortenings Caro (English) and Carr, and the spelling variants Carey (English and Irish), Cari (English), Carie (English), Carrey (English), Carri (English), Carry (English), and Cary (English) are other forms of the name.
See also the related form, the name Carrie-Anne.
Carrie is an unusual baby girl name. In 1900, 0.538% of baby girls were named Carrie. It had a ranking of #48 then. The baby name has experienced a steep decline in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Carrie, Caroline was the most frequently used. In the last century Carrie has mainly been a baby girl name. There were 58 times more baby girls than boys who were named Carrie in 1908.
† Pronunciation for Carrie: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Carrie:
Activist Carry Nation, born Carrie Amelia Moore 25 November 1846 - 9 June 1911, Garrard County, Kentucky.
Actress Carrie Fisher, born 21 October 1956, Los Angeles, California.
Fictional Character Carrie Bradshaw, born June 15, 1966.
Singer Carrie Underwood, born 10 March 1983, Checotah, Oklahoma.