Carey

First Name
29k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
56k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Carey

"Carey" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "From the fort". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. Either of several place names in south-west England.
  2. An English habitational surname from either of these placenames.
  3. An Irish surname​, anglicized from the Gaelic Ó Ciardha.
  4. A Celtic surname​, derived from Carew.
  5. A male given name transferred from the surnames.
  6. A female given name, usually a spelling variant of Cary.

Notable Persons Named Carey

Carey Mulligan is an actress. She has been prominent since 2004. Carey was given the name Carey Hannah Mulligan on May 28th, 1985 in Westminster, London, England, UK.

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Carey Lowell is an actress, model, and model (people). She was most prominent from 1986 to 1986. Carey was born on February 11th, 1961 in Huntington, New York, U.S.

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Carey Hart is a retired motorcycle racer, retired freestyle motocross athlete, off-road racer, businessman, motorcycle racing, freestyle motocross, off-road racing, retiredmotorcycle racer, and retiredfreestyle motocrossathlete. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Carey was given the name Carey Jason Phillip Hart on July 17th, 1975 in Seal Beach, California, United States.

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Carey Price is a hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey League. He was most active from 2007 to present. Carey was born on August 16th, 1987 in Vancouver.

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Estes Kefauver was a senator. He was most active from 1949 to 1963. Estes was given the name Carey Estes Kefauver on July 26th, 1903 in Madisonville, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on August 10th, 1963.

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Carey Means is a voice artist, actor, and voice acting.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Carey

Mariah Carey is a singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and philanthropist. She holds the title Vision of Love". Her ongoing career started in 1988. Mariah was born on March 27th, 1969 in Huntington, New York, US.

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Drew Carey is an improvisational theatre writer. Drew was given the name Drew Allison Carey on May 23rd, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Drew is also known as Carey and Drew.

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Danny Carey is a progressive metal, progressive rock, jazz fusion, art rock, and alternative metal musician. Danny was given the name Daniel Edwin Carey on May 10th, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Harry Carey was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1909 to 1947. Harry was given the name Henry DeWitt Carey II on January 16th, 1878 in The Bronx, New York, U.S. He died on September 21st, 1947.

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Maggie Carey is a director and writer. Maggie was born in 1975.

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Jr. Harry Carey was an actor. Their career lasted from 1946 to 1946. Jr. was given the name Henry George Carey, Jr. by their parents Harry Carey (actor) and Olive Carey on May 16th, 1921 in California, U.S. They breathed their last breath on December 27th, 2012.

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How popular is the baby name Carey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 19 6 13
1881 8 0 8
1882 18 0 18
1883 19 0 19
1884 24 0 24
1885 13 0 13
1886 5 0 5
1887 16 0 16
1888 13 0 13
1889 15 0 15
1890 11 0 11
1891 11 0 11
1892 25 6 19
1893 11 0 11
1894 12 0 12
1895 22 5 17
1896 15 0 15
1897 20 0 20
1898 22 0 22
1899 19 6 13
1900 26 0 26
1901 11 0 11
1902 17 5 12
1903 16 0 16
1904 17 0 17
1905 26 7 19
1906 21 6 15
1907 11 0 11
1908 17 0 17
1909 13 0 13
1910 31 6 25
1911 14 0 14
1912 43 7 36
1913 49 10 39
1914 81 13 68
1915 71 12 59
1916 78 14 64
1917 92 12 80
1918 63 5 58
1919 95 18 77
1920 79 16 63
1921 79 11 68
1922 92 7 85
1923 83 15 68
1924 82 16 66
1925 79 14 65
1926 92 13 79
1927 83 13 70
1928 66 6 60
1929 89 8 81
1930 72 7 65
1931 73 15 58
1932 88 12 76
1933 75 14 61
1934 107 14 93
1935 99 19 80
1936 100 19 81
1937 99 13 86
1938 119 17 102
1939 99 14 85
1940 109 13 96
1941 126 22 104
1942 162 30 132
1943 158 28 130
1944 168 30 138
1945 148 16 132
1946 204 31 173
1947 255 29 226
1948 284 52 232
1949 240 45 195
1950 340 68 272
1951 357 67 290
1952 420 81 339
1953 427 107 320
1954 537 136 401
1955 500 136 364
1956 520 158 362
1957 603 142 461
1958 551 152 399
1959 576 137 439
1960 506 137 369
1961 490 160 330
1962 507 183 324
1963 496 161 335
1964 484 152 332
1965 434 150 284
1966 472 164 308
1967 578 255 323
1968 662 324 338
1969 717 373 344
1970 734 410 324
1971 854 504 350
1972 763 481 282
1973 839 560 279
1974 957 659 298
1975 1,058 757 301
1976 950 693 257
1977 854 601 253
1978 758 534 224
1979 604 406 198
1980 509 341 168
1981 438 273 165
1982 426 255 171
1983 389 221 168
1984 357 201 156
1985 344 175 169
1986 310 153 157
1987 294 154 140
1988 288 121 167
1989 273 131 142
1990 237 96 141
1991 251 120 131
1992 225 100 125
1993 190 88 102
1994 177 96 81
1995 146 73 73
1996 136 63 73
1997 120 54 66
1998 96 51 45
1999 106 55 51
2000 79 39 40
2001 86 36 50
2002 77 28 49
2003 55 29 26
2004 55 22 33
2005 53 26 27
2006 47 15 32
2007 63 24 39
2008 35 8 27
2009 47 19 28
2010 44 18 26
2011 36 7 29
2012 39 11 28
2013 32 8 24
2014 36 15 21
2015 31 8 23
2016 30 6 24
2017 32 11 21

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Popularity of Carey as a first name

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Popularity of Carey as a last name

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Common last names for Carey

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Jackson
  • Hall
  • Lewis
  • Wright
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Carey U.S.
  White 80.90% 64.26%
  African American 13.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Carey

People with the last name Carey are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Carey

  • What name lists does Carey rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Carey? Carey is the 1,398th most popular name of all time. As a last name Carey was the 601st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Carey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29,456 babies born with the first name Carey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Carey to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Carey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 19 new born babies.
  • When was Carey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Carey is Wednesday, November 3rd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Carey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Carey was in 1975 with a total of 757 babies.
  • Random Carey Factoid: According to the 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Carey is not a popular baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1954.
  • Weird things about the name Carey: Your name in reverse order is Yerac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ryeac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Carey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 56,322 people with the last name Carey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Carey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Carey as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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