Carey is an English unisex name, derived from Irish surname Ó Ciardha meaning “descendant of Ciardha”, the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning “black” though it may also be derived from Welsh caer meaning “fort, castle”, making it a variant form of Carew meaning “fort on the hill”. Carey may also be derived from Irish car (love) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kareti (to love) via Proto-Indo-European *keh₂- (to desire, wish).
Origin: Irish, Welsh, Proto-Indo-European
- Cary (English)
- Carrey (English)