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Where did the English Carey family come from? What is the English Carey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Carey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Carey family history?The Carey surname is thought to be derived from the manor of Carrey, near Lisieux, Normandy. Some instances of this name come from Welsh and Cornish origins and are variations of the name Carew. Most of the Irish variations of this name are Anglicized forms of the Gaelic O Ciardha.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Carey, Carrie, Carrey, Cary and others.
First found in Somerset, at Castle Cary, a market town and civil parish in south Somerset. The place dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Cari  and later in 1237, the place was recorded as Castelkary. It is generally believed that the castle was built by Walter of Douai (c.1046-1107), a Norman knight. The place was named after the River Cary.  Other early records were found in Guernsey.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carey research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1205, 1242, 1348, 1645, 1393, 1288, 1524, 1596, 1st , 1st , 1575, 1633, 1622, 1629, 1st , 1580, 1666, 1608, 1677, 1610, 1643, 1634, 1663, 1659 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Carey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 243 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Carey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Carey or a variant listed above:
Carey Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Carey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Carey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Carey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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