Cary Family History

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Cary Name Meaning

Irish and English: variant spelling of Carey.

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

Similar surnames: Carey, Kary, Clary, Carl, Ary, Cart, Gary, Carr, Carn, Caryl

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Cary Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cary name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cary. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Cary Family Origin

Where is the Cary family from?

Cary Family Occupations

What did your Cary ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Cary occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Cary's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cary family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cary.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cary ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cary Historical Records

What Cary family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 134,000 census records available for the last name Cary. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cary 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Cary. 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 22,000 military records available for the last name Cary. For the veterans among your Cary ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cary Life Expectancy

What is the average Cary lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cary life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cary in 1944 was 46, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cary ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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