Irish Surname - Cary
The Irish surname Cary and its variations have a few possible origins. One possibility is that it derives from the Gaelic word "caraidh," which means "friend" or "companion." Another possibility is that it comes from the Irish name "O'Caire," which means "descendant of Caire," a personal name meaning "swarthy" or "dark-haired." The surname is most commonly found in the northern province of Ulster.
Variations of the surname include Carey, Carie, Carri, Carrey, Carry, Carray, and Carragh.
Famous People with surname Cary
- Archibald Cary (1721-1787), American politician and landowner
- Alice Cary (1820-1871), American poet and writer
- Phoebe Cary (1824-1871), American poet and writer, sister of Alice Cary
- enry Francis Cary H (1772-1844), English author and translator
- Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland (c. 1610-1643), English politician and author
Variations of the surname Cary
- Carey: This is the most common variation of the surname. It is most commonly found in the north of Ireland and in Scotland. Notable people with this variation include Mariah Carey, American singer and songwriter, and Jim Carrey, Canadian-American actor and comedian.
- Carry: This variation of the surname is most commonly found in the north of Ireland. Notable people with this variation include Thomas William Carry (1869-1952), Irish doctor and medical researcher, and Hugh Carry (1925-2008), Irish broadcaster and journalist.
- Carie: This variation of the surname is quite rare. Notable people with this variation are not known.
Coat of Arms and Motto of the Irish Surname Cary
The coat of arms for the Cary family features a red shield with a gold chevron between three gold roses on the top and three blue estoiles (star-like symbols) on the bottom. Above the shield is a knight's helmet and a lion crest. The motto "Sine Metu" appears below the shield, which means "Without Fear" in Latin.
There is often limited information available on a specific coat of arms and motto for an Irish surname. Sometimes there are many variations, sometimes none, we have compiled a representative, but by no means exhaustive, selection. Please visit our Coat of Arms and Motto page for more information.
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