Show ContentsCarrie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Carrie 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 Carrie family

The surname Carrie 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 Carrie family

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Carrie Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Carrie dating from that time 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.

Early Notables of the Carrie 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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Carrie Ranking

In France, the name Carrie is the 1,967th most popular surname with an estimated 3,160 people with that name. [1]

United States Carrie migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Carrie:

Carrie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Carrie, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 [2]
  • Clare Carrie who settled in Georgia in 1794 with her husband John
Carrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Carrie, who settled in New Orleans in 1823

Australia Carrie migration to Australia +

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

Carrie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Carrie, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt" [3]
  • William Carrie, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850 [3]

New Zealand Carrie 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:

Carrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Carrie, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Carrie (post 1700) +

  • Jean Augustin Carrié de Boissy, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Carrie Best OC ONS (1903-2001), Canadian journalist and social activist, from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, the first black owner and publisher of a Nova Scotia newspaper
  • Carrie Amelia Moore Nation (1846-1911), née Moore, American activist, member of the temperance movement which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition
  • Carrie White (1943-2022), American hairdresser, author, and spokesperson, known as the "First Lady of Hairdressing," who styled Jennifer Jones, Betsy Bloomingdale, Elizabeth Taylor, Goldie Hawn, Camille Cosby, Ann-Margret, Elvis Presley, Sharon Tate, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock and many more
  • Carrie Clinton Chapman Catt (1859-1947), American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote, President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association from 1900 to 1904 and again from 1915 to 1920.
  • Carrie Mae Pittman Meek (1926-2021), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, representing Florida's 17th congressional district
  • Carrie Allen McCray (1913-2008), American writer
  • Carrie Farnsworth Fowle (1854-1917), born Caroline Palmer Farnsworth, an American missionary born in Turkey
  • Carrie Olver (b. 1967), Canadian TV personality from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • Carrie McGowan Bethel (1898-1974), born Carrie McGowan, an American basketmaker associated with Yosemite National Park, one of her baskets fetched 216,250 US dollars in 2006

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Edwin Carrie, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse (1941) and survived the sinking [5]

  2. 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)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The AGINCOURT 1850. Retrieved from
  4. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean CarriƩ. Retrieved from
  5. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook