The Irish surname Carey, also found in England, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Ciardha, a midland family name meaning ‘descendant of Ciardha,”a personal name derived from ciar meaning “dark.” When found in England the name Carey is an habitational name from Carey in Devon or Cary in Somerset, named for the rivers on which they stand. In Ireland the Careys were lords of Carbury (Co. Kildare), up to the mid 12th Century. The name is first recorded in Somerset in 1205. . The name is first recorded in the New World in the 17th Century where immigration records chart the arrival in Virginia of one Brid Carey in 1652. Today there are approximately 55,000 bearers of the name Carey in the US.
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