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Carey Surname Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciardha a midland surname meaning ‘descendant of Ciardha’ a personal name derived from ciar ‘dark black’. See Kerry . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhiachra ‘son of Fiachra’. 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’. Welsh: variant of Carew . Possibly an Americanized form of German Gehrig or Gehring .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Caley, Carley, Carby, Carney, Rarey, Cardy, Harty, Care, Carew, Corey

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Where is the Carey family from?

You can see how Carey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carey families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 463 Carey families living in Ontario. This was about 53% of all the recorded Carey's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Carey families in 1911.
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What did your Carey ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Carey. 30% of Carey men worked as a Farmer and 18% of Carey women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carey were Carpenter and Student. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Income
  • Housekeeper
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 418,000 census records available for the last name Carey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Carey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 128,000 immigration records available for the last name Carey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 75,000 military records available for the last name Carey. For the veterans among your Carey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carey lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Carey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Carey in 1941 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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