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Origin and popularity of the name CAREY


Carey : 1: Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciardha a midland surname meaning ‘descendant of Ciardha’ a personal name derived from ciar ‘dark black’. See Kerry.2: Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhiachra ‘son of Fiachra’.3: English: from Carey Barton in Devon or Castle Cary Lytes Cary Cary Fitzpaine or Babcary all in Somerset named for the rivers on which they stand; both river names probably derive from the Celtic root car- ‘love liking’ perhaps with the meaning ‘pleasant stream’.4: Welsh: variant of Carew.5: Possibly an Americanized form of German Gehrig or Gehring.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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