Famous Bearer
Personal Impression
It reminds me of Mariah Carey, so I wouldn't really use it.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2019
My name is Carey and I was always told it was derived from the Welsh Caer which means castle (Cearleon etc.) and as a personal name essentially means "from the castle." I was also told that it is used in Wales as the equivalent of Charles or Carl or the Anglo-Saxon name Ceorl. If all that is true it seems that it was originally a male name and only in relatively recent times became a female name too.
ctayfor  12/6/2016
I also was told it meant 'from the castle'. I have only ever met one other girl and a couple of guys. Someone local though named their baby girl Carey as they liked my name! My mother said she named me after Mother Carey and her chickens who live in the sea in 'The Water Babies' by Charles Kingsley, simply because she liked the name. I grew to accept and love the name as it makes me who I am.
mumandkids  7/22/2017
The name Carey was given to 23 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
I was named after Castle Cary, I'm a girl, and I have always loved my name. It's different, can't be shortened, has never been turned into a nickname and is soft sounding so I think quite feminine.
Castle artery  7/7/2014
At first I didn't really like this name for a boy, although I love Carrie for a girl (none of the other spellings, though) but after a while its grown on me, and I think it can suit either gender, as long as it's spelled Carey or Cary for a boy :)
Oohvintage  1/27/2013
I only became aware of this name after seeing the film 'Super 8'. Carey is the blond pyromaniac.
Nekozawa  2/23/2012
Carey Price is a Canadian professional hockey goaltender currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).
sambchop  4/29/2011
British actress Carey Mulligan. Nominated for an Oscar in 2010 for her role in 'An Education'.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2010
I love this name for a boy. I think it's adorable. If I have a little boy this is what I'm naming him.
LauraJune  6/25/2008
I was born in 1948 and christened Carey after my grandfather. He was christened Carey in 1878! He used to tell me that he was named after his parents' employer - a Lord Carey - they were "in service". Lord Carey's estate was in the Bristol area, (which is not far from Castle Cary). (Cary is pronounced just the same as Carey, even though most English people pronounce Cary like Carrie.)
I think it is pertinent that Cary Grant (not his real name) came from Bristol. I like to think he chose his stage name because he knew of Castle Cary.
One of my colleagues at work has a "choose a name for your baby" book. In it the name Carey is described as a Celtic name which means "he who lives in a castle".
Nutmeg  8/19/2007
The following are all males.
Carey Blyton - English composer, nephew of Enid.
Carey Harrison - English writer of novels and plays, son of the actor Rex Harrison, whose middle name was Carey.
Carey Bell - musician - plays blues harmonica.
Carey Eidel - American actor. (Benjamin's dad in The Lost World, Jurassic Park (2)).
Carey Wilson - American film producer, performer (actor), and screenwriter.
Carey Dodge - Canadian composer/guitarist.
Carey Wilson - Canadian hockey player.
Nutmeg  8/19/2007
My middle name is Carey because it's a family name. The way it's spelled is very masculine, which isn't good seeing as I'm a girl, but I like it.
surfsummerbreeze  5/10/2007
I just thought I would mention Ciardha is pronounced Keer-ya, and is probably not the origin for Carey.
Auriel  4/25/2007
This seems more like something you'd think an American would be called. It's probably how I hear it pronounced though.
Luangi  4/8/2007
I have never been able to corroborate the theory that the name Carey is of Irish origin. I have researched the ancestry of several Careys, and hav traced all of them to an Adam de Cari who was so named because he was the Lord of the Manor at a place that is now called Castle Cary, named so because the Castle was built at a village anciently named Cary or Cari (Celtic for rocky hill, according to the people at the Castle Carey museum).

Several descendants of Adam have been prominent in British history, including the husband of Mary Bolyn.
ecarey  1/7/2007
This is one of my favorite male names. I would not use this or any variation of Carey on a girl, though. I hate it because it reminds me of Stephen King's book Carrie.
skatergirl2  7/29/2006
Famous bearer is Drew Carey.
Tudor  6/14/2006
Carey Hart (male) is a famous mx rider, he is also engaged to Pink.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
Famous bearer is Mariah Carey. But that's her family name.
Dahlis  2/1/2006

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