Carey Family History

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Carey Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ciardha, a midland family name meaning ‘descendant of Ciardha’, a personal name derived from ciar ‘dark’, ‘black’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fhiachra ‘son of Fiachra’. English: habitational name from Carey in Devon or Cary 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’. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from the manor of Carrey, near Lisieux, Normandy, France, of uncertain origin. Welsh and Cornish: variant of Carew. Possibly an Americanized form of German Gehrig or Gehring.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Carey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Carey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Carey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Carey Family Origin

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Carey Family Occupations

What did your Carey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Carey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 23% of Carey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Carey family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Carey.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Carey Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Carey Life Expectancy

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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