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Meaning of the name CaryCharlotteCarolineCallieLolaCarlyCarolinaKarlaCarolynKarlieCareyCarrieCaryaCarol

[ 2 syll. ca-ry, car-y ] The baby girl name Cary is also used as a boy name, and more frequently so. It is pronounced as KAAR-iy- or KEHR-iy- †. Cary is of Old Welsh, English, and Germanic origin. It is used mainly in English. From English roots, its meaning is 'from the River Cary; from the pleasant stream'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Cary for more information.

Cary is a form (English) of the Welsh, English, and Irish Carey.

Cary is also a form of the English Carol.

Cary is also a form (English) of the English, French, and Scandinavian Caroline.

Cary is also a spelling variant of the English Carrie.

Forms of Cary include the English Carey and the name Carya.

See also the related categories, river, pleasant, geographic, and welsh.

Cary is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked in 1975 with 0.013% of baby girls being named Cary. It had a ranking of #721 then. The baby name has experienced a marked decline in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very modest scale. Among the family of girl names directly related to Cary, Caroline was the most regularly used in 2016. Cary has in the last century been mainly given to boys. There were 58% more boys than girls who were named Cary in 1977.

Baby names that sound like Cary include Carey, Cari, Carie, Carree, Carrey, Kari, Karie, Karry, Kary, Kerey, Keri, Kerie, Kerree, Kerrey, Kerri, Kerry, Cairo, Cara, Carah, and Caray.

† Pronunciation for Cary: 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)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)"


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