Spelling variations of this family name include: Carrie, Carry, Carre, Carie, Carrey, MacCarry, MacHarry, MacHarris, O'Carey, Cary, M'Carrie, Kearey, Kearrie, Keerie, Keery, Keerey, M'Harrie, M'Harry, M'Hary, M'Harie and many more.
First found in the county of Kilkenny where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Carey, who settled in Virginia in 1653; Richard Carey and his wife Elizabeth, who arrived in the Barbados in 1680; Clare Carrie who settled in Georgia in 1794.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Suggested Readings for the name Carey
"Branches of the John Carey Family of Bucks County, Pennsylvania to Virginia, Ohio, and on West" by Dorothy Carey Cragg, "Cary-Estes (also the Carey Family) Genealogy" by May Folk Webb.
Some noteworthy people of the name Carey
* Duane Gene "Digger" Carey, American astronaut
* Mariah Carey (b. 1970), award winning American singer/songwriter
* Mathew Carey (1760-1839), American (Irish-born) journalist and publisher
* Drew Carey (b. 1958), American actor and comedian
* Joseph Maull Carey (1845-1924), American lawyer, rancher and judge
* Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879), American political economist
* James Carey (1845-1883), Irish builder and town councilor
* George Leonard Carey (b. 1935), British, Anglican prelate, who was the archbishop of Canterbury (1991-2002)
* Cecil Carey, Supreme Court Judge
* David Carey, Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury
* Peter Carey (b. 1943), Australian novelist and short story author
* Reginald Carey (1908-1990), original name of Rex Harrison
* Henry Carey (1690-1743), English poet
* Sir Robert Carey (1560-1639), English courtier
* William Carey (1761-1834), English missionary and orientalist
* Staff Sergeant Alvin P Carey, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
* Technical Sergeant Charles F Carey Jr., who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
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