Show ContentsCarry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Carry originally appeared in Gaelic as Ó Ciardha. 1 However, "Carey" and its spelling variations have also been used as the Anglicized forms of six other Irish patronymics: Ó Ceinin, Ó Ciarain, Mac Giolla Ceire, Ó Carra, Mac Giolla Chathair, and the nearly-extinct MacFhiachra.

Early Origins of the Carry family

The surname Carry 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 Carry family

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Carry Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Carry 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, 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 Carry family

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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United States Carry 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 Carry or a variant listed above, including:

Carry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Susan Carry, who landed in Virginia in 1665 2
  • Thomas, Carry Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1668 2
  • Thomas Carry, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1668 2
  • Edward Carry, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 2
  • John Carry, who landed in Maryland in 1668 2
Carry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Carry, who landed in Virginia in 1703 2
  • Jarman Carry, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755 2
  • John Carry, who settled in Virginia in 1773
  • James Carry, who landed in America in 1796 2
Carry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dennis Carry, aged 46, who landed in Tennessee in 1812 2
  • I Carry, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 2
  • Edward, James, Michael, Timothy, William Carry, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865

Canada Carry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Carry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Carry, aged 26 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing 18th April 1847 from Limerick, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th June 1847 but he died on board 3

Australia Carry migration to Australia +

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

Carry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Carry, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 4
  • Eliza Carry, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget" 5

New Zealand Carry 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:

Carry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Carry, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Carry (post 1700) +

  • Carry Goossens (b. 1953), Belgian actor and comedian
  • Carry D. McCormick (b. 1902), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Summers County; Elected 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954 6

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  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from
  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 4th July 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1854. Retrieved
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook