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It doesn't mean love in Welsh, it actually means "my loved one". It's a really old fashioned name, the Welsh equivalent of say Edith or Ethel. Ancient almost.
carys copestake  12/27/2004
I wouldn't say this name was related to either Ethel or Edith which, in spite of their Old English roots, are themselves unrelated, as Ethel means "noble" and Edith means "prosperous strife".  3/19/2007
Actually, Carys is a very modern Welsh name, compared to something like Edith, which is over 1000 years old. It's an invented name, based on caru + the -ys ending common in popular names like Dilys and Gladys. According to the British birth records, it was first used in 1903, but was very rare until the late 1940s /early 50s, and hasn't really been popular until relatively recently. In 2010 it was #45 in the Welsh name charts, so, um, yes, sorry first poster, Welsh people do use it and it's not old-fashioned. I think you must be confusing it with Gladys or Dilys or Nerys. [noted -ed]
Pie  11/22/2011
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas's second baby is called Carys Zeta-Douglas.
carys copestake  12/27/2004
It is pronounced ka-ris.
carys copestake  12/27/2004
Carys is a really lovely name and has a wonderful meaning.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2005
It's a great name to have... except when you have to repeat it to everyone you meet! They always call you Karen, or Carol and sometimes even worse! Once people understand the name however, it takes their breath away.
carys morgan  7/24/2005
I am naming my daughter Carys (unless it becomes so totally popular). This name has everything in it that I love. The meaning is perfect. I love the sound of it. It's different and Welsh (I love Welsh names). It is sweet and beautiful. I LOVE IT!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
Although Caryn is usually a form of Karen, often Welsh parents connect it to "caru", so it's related to Carys. I love this name! It's so gorgeous -- all of the "caru" names are, IMO. Is it pronounced KA-ris or ka-RIS? I love it either way.
CamilleTheGreat  7/3/2006
This is an incredibly beautiful name for a girl. I was given 2 different pronunciations for this name, Care-is or I was told to say the name Carissa and leave off the "sa" at the end of it when saying the name.
― Anonymous User  7/24/2006
Many people mistakenly pronounce Carys the same as Cerys when in fact Carys is pronounced KAH-ris and Cerys is pronounced Keh-ris/Kare-ris.
Elea  8/29/2006
Carys actually derives from câr which means love in Welsh. Therefore, Carys means love or loved one.
carysw  9/23/2006
I like Carys a lot. I'd like to name my daughter Carys Grace.
sunbeam  3/3/2007
I don't understand why so many people like Carys on this website. I find it kind of overrated.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2007
Nobody calls their daughters Carys in Wales because it's like Ethel and Mildred in the sense that in English speaking countries they are considered too old fashioned. Even though I am part Welsh I greatly prefer the Greek (unrelated name) Charis.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2007
I think this name is beautiful! It sounds so pretty and the meaning is wonderful! I have heard it pronounced "Care-ris."
elysa  7/14/2007
My daughter's name is Carys and I find it so beautiful. Her nickname is Ryssie I find it much cuter and less typical than Carry.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2007
Carys is actually a very popular name in Wales.
Sforzando  11/15/2007
This is a beautiful name, and the meaning is lovely. I like that it's spelt with a c and not a k.
alyce  7/14/2008
Ok, so as a proud bearer of the name, it is pronounced KAH-ris. Not Care-is (That's more like Cerys, which I prefer slightly) or Car-is or Ka-RIS (though that's bearable.
Jammie  8/26/2008
British actress Catherine Jones and Michael Demskiy's second baby is called Carys Demskaya.
Emilie007  8/30/2008
I have been told that the name Carys means “beloved” in Welsh. I am Welsh, and my granddaughter was born in Wales (Bangor) and is called Carys.
Captain_Ovlov  4/26/2010
This is one of the best female Welsh names. The meaning and the sound is so nice. Actors Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas knew something about names when they chose to name their daughter Carys. And she's so adorable.
Cardin  1/4/2012
You are incorrect about two things: First, this name is in fact used in Wales, its currently rated #229. Second, it is not an old name, unless this website is incorrect because it states the name is relatively modern having only been around since the mid 20th century (around the 50's or 60's). Anyway, to add my personal opinion, I have to agree with the person who doesn't get why everyone loves this name. It's not terrible, but the fact that it's modern turns me off and the y in the middle looks odd. That may be because I don't like many welsh names though.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2013
Hello, my name is Carys. I just adore this name, because it's unique! I'm from the UK, London. But my name is from the UK, Wales! I like that it's not the same boring thing. This is my opinion. But the name Carys: Welsh! Meaning: A Loved one. ❤️
Carys Lily Jane  2/13/2015
I'm welsh and named my daughter Carys 4 years ago, I personally think it is a very pretty and modern sounding welsh name.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2015
I do love this name. It's not overly frilly like some girls' names, but still feels feminine. In my area (south-central US) it is very nearly unheard of. The sounds of the two syllables makes it pronounceable in most languages with few, if any, tweaks. It's just lovely.

It does surprise me that it's a relatively new name. It has a timeless feel to it. Maybe because of it's similarity to Charis/Caris? Though, that name is equally unheard of where I'm from.

I admit that instinct is to pronounce it CARE-iss, which I gather is incorrect. Even my autocorrect keeps trying to turn it in to the possessive of Cary. Even so, I find both KAA-riss and CARE-iss to both be lovely.
Really, the only drawbacks to the name is that I think CARE-iss might be the default for a lot of people, and I think that in my local accent KAH-riss will frequently lead to situations of:
"Umm, Kuh'riss Jones?
"It's Carys."
"That's what I said. K'riss."
"No. It's Carys. Not Chris."
"You just said your name is K'riss, not K'riss." O. O
AniMartin  5/31/2015
My name is similar to Carys... Carice- pronounced Ca-reese. I have had many compliments in my lifetime and never met another, yet heard about 2 others with the name spelled differently...
Carice  6/19/2015
My Daughter is Carys Emily, and the name suits her beautifully.
Violetemily  12/1/2015
I am Welsh and I named my daughter Carys. I understand that it derives from the word 'Caru' which means love and maybe related words like 'Cariad' meaning darling or sweetheart. In Welsh the 'a' does not have a soft pronunciation so 'Ca' is pronounced 'Ka' not 'Care' or 'Ker'. That would be spelt Cer in Welsh. The second part 'rys' is pronounced 'riss'. Y being a vowel in Welsh. The pronunciation 'rees' would be 'rhys' or 'rus' in Welsh. [noted -ed]

Having been familiar with the name all my life, 46 years, I considered the name to be well established but not overly common and not sounding like an old person. However, one of my friends commented that it sounded like an old person. Probably depends if you knew an old person named Carys when growing up, which I didn't.
WelshOsprey  1/23/2016
This name makes me think of a girl who looks delicate on the outside, but has a will of stone and is near unbreakable in spirit. I love it.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
I am expecting to have a baby boy and I intend to use CARYS as his name. But when I checked, I haven't seen one boy named Carys. Is it too feminine to use for my baby boy?
Shrly  5/16/2016
My name is also Carys Emily and my nickname is Caz. I and all my friends love this name- it just sounds so calm. It is very unique as I don't know anybody that has this name but I find it very annoying how if you tell someone your name you have got to repeat it several times so that person can understand it properly. Also, many people mistake it for Cerys which I also find very annoying. Anyhow, I love this name!
cazzalicious  5/30/2016
The name Carys was given to 82 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
My daughter's name is Carys LaReina and we get tons of compliments on what a beautiful unique name it is. I am Colombian and was living in the UK when I met my husband. The first birthday present he gave me was a weekend get away to Wales. I originally heard the name because of Cerys Matthews, but when it came time to find a name for our daughter and I found out Carys means "beloved one", it seemed like the perfect name for her. I love that there aren't 40 girls with her name at school. She has a name that honors two very important aspects of her history... even if it does mean she'll probably never find a key chain with her name on it.
TXColombian77  7/31/2016
Carys Zeta Douglas. Daughter of Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress) and Michael Douglas (actor). She's half Welsh so it applies.
ImSoCurious  1/18/2017
Beautiful name, and meaning.
Paula Puddephatt  6/23/2017
My name is Carys and I really love the name! My mom named me Carys because she loves Welsh names. She was originally going to name me Brinn, but chose Carys instead. I'm currently in school right now but we're doing an essay on what our names mean and where they came from, so I just wanted to put a comment on here. ;p.
Kuhund  9/25/2017
My daughter is called Carys Elizabeth and I think it is a beautiful modern first name with a traditional middle name in case she tires of being unusual. Luckily she likes it. Can be shortened to Caz or Cat.
Elkie  3/4/2018

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