Carey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Carey originally appeared in Gaelic as O Ciardha. However, "Carey" and its spelling variations have also been used as the Anglicized forms of six other Irish patronymics: O Ceinin, O Ciarain, Mac Giolla Ceire, O Carra, Mac Giolla Chathair, and the nearly-extinct MacFhiachra.

Early Origins of the Carey family

The surname Carey was first found in the county of Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh), the former Kingdom of Osraige (Ossory), located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster. Today Cary is a barony in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Early History of the Carey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carey research. Another 174 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1300, 1620, 1784, 1761 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Carey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Carey Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Carey were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Carrie, Carry, Carre, Carie, Carrey, MacCarry, MacHarry, Mac Harris, O'Carey, Cary, M'Carrie, Kearey, Kearrie, Keerie, Keery, Keerey, M'Harrie, M'Harry, M'Hary, M'Harie and many more.

Early Notables of the Carey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Patrick Carrie, notable Irish patriot. Also, three famous brothers of the Carey name, John Carey, the inventor of the distress rocket for ships, went to London and taught school, becoming a most prolific writer, writing over 50 classics, including short stories and poems. The next brother, William, a painter and engraver, stayed in Dublin...
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Carey World Ranking

In the United States, the name Carey is the 627th most popular surname with an estimated 47,253 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Carey is ranked the 979th most popular surname with an estimated 5,513 people with that name. [2] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Carey is the 674th popular surname with an estimated 65 people with that name. [3] Australia ranks Carey as 388th with 9,529 people. [4] New Zealand ranks Carey as 557th with 1,264 people. [5] The United Kingdom ranks Carey as 542nd with 11,962 people. [6]


United States Carey migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Carey or a variant listed above, including:

Carey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Sarah Carey, who landed in America in 1620 [7]
  • Brid Carey, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • Edward Carey, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [7]
  • William Carey, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Tho Carey, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Carey, who settled in Isle Grole in 1710
  • Edward Carey, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [7]
  • Dennis Carey, who landed in America in 1795 [7]
Carey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Carey, who arrived in America in 1806 [7]
  • Richard Carey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [7]
  • Richard Y Carey, aged 24, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [7]
  • Margaret Bell Carey, aged 40, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [7]
  • Michael Carey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Carey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carey Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter Carey, who settled in Isle Grole, Newfoundland, in 1710 [8]
  • Katha Carey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Dennis Carey was a mason in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1771 [8]
  • Dennis Carey was on record in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1771 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Carey U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Carey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Florance Carey, aged 25, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Carey, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • Thomas Carey and his wife Esther settled in Quebec in 1825 with their eight children
  • Isaac Carey, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • William Carey, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Carey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Carey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Carey, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Miss Mary Ann Carey, English convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [11]
  • Mr. James Carey, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Earl St Vincent" on 6th April 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. John Carey, (Cary), (b. 1809), aged 14, Irish tailor who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Castle Forbes" on 28th September 1823, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1826 [13]
  • John Carey, a weaver, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Carey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Carey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Carey, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. G. Carey, Australian settler travelling from Melbourne, Victoria aboard the ship "Drover" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1863 [14]
  • Mr. Thomas Carey, (b. 1818), aged 45, British shoemaker travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [14]
  • Mrs. Emily Carey, (b. 1820), aged 43, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [14]
  • Miss Emily Carey, (b. 1847), aged 16, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship " Lancashire Witch" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 13th October 1863 [14]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Carey migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [15]
Carey Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Richard Carey and his wife Elizabeth, who arrived in Barbados in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Carey (post 1700) +

  • Ian Carey (1975-2021), stage name of Ian Harshman, an American house DJ, musician, and record producer based in Miami, Florida United States
  • Paul Carey (1928-2016), American broadcaster and sportscaster, inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
  • Henry Charles Carey (1793-1879), American was an economist and publisher, born in Philadelphia; he published several influential volumes on American economic policy
  • Ron Carey (1935-2007), American film and television actor and a member of Mel Brooks' comedy troupe
  • Drew Carey (b. 1958), American comedian, actor, photographer, and game show host
  • Mathew Carey (1760-1839), Irish-born, American journalist and publisher
  • Mariah Carey (b. 1970), award winning American singer/songwriter
  • Clare Carey (b. 1967), American film and television actress
  • Lieutenant Colonel Duane Gene "Digger" Carey (b. 1957), American engineer and former NASA astronaut pilot on STS-109 in 2002 [16]
  • Technical Sergeant Charles F. Carey Jr. (d. 1945), United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Thomas Leslie Carey (1900-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer Cook from Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Henry Robert Joseph Carey (1921-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Black Rock, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • David Haversham Carey, British Midshipman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [18]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Daniel A B Carey (b. 1902), Welsh Supply Assistant serving for the Royal Navy from Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Arthur T Carey (b. 1900), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [19]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Francis Lloyd Carey, American Storekeeper Third Class from New York, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [20]


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.

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  3. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  6. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 22nd March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel-and-experiment
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 10th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-st-vincent
  13. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 2nd January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/castle-forbes)
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  16. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Duane Carey. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/carey.html
  17. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  18. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  19. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  20. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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