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hexagon01 Sat 12-Nov-16 10:30:50

My boyfriend and I love Carey for a girl, I was just wondering how you would pronounce it?

pinkyredrose Sat 12-Nov-16 10:32:26


Pluto30 Sat 12-Nov-16 10:32:28

The Cary's (this spelling) I know are all men.

I'd pronounce it like care-ee.

Carrie is a feminine name. Cary, I think, is a masculine name.

teaandakitkat Sat 12-Nov-16 10:33:15

That's a family name of mine, but we never used it because it was a bit of a mouthful with our surname.

I don't know how to write how we pronounce it, it's like Care-i

BratFarrarsPony Sat 12-Nov-16 10:34:11

I knew a Carey and the way she said it made it indisguishisable from Kerry

hexagon01 Sat 12-Nov-16 10:51:35

Pluto, there was a woman called Carey in a band I like, and the actress Carey Mulligan so there's definitely precedent.

I pronounce it Care-ee but I realised I don't think I've ever heard it said out loud. Just thought I should probably just look up an interview with Carey Mulligan on YouTube or something.

Thanks for your responses smile

llangennith Sat 12-Nov-16 10:51:44

Why not Carrie?

Raines100 Sat 12-Nov-16 12:05:16

I know a female Carey. Most people think her name is Kerry. It's nice enough, but I find the long a at the beginning awkward somehow, like Aaron instead of Arran.

busyrascal Sat 12-Nov-16 12:11:18

Just makes me think of Jim Carey.

SomewhereOutThere Sat 12-Nov-16 12:13:38

I've namechanged to let you know this is my name. If people comment on it, it's to say how much they like it. (Though those who dislike it wouldn't tell me.)

And yes, it's pronounced CARE-ee.

As opposed to CA-ree (Carrie) or KE-ree (Kerry). In my (Southern English/RP) accent it is clearly distinguishable but yes in some accents it sounds very similar.

Carrie is generally short for Carolyn/Caroline but Carey can stand alone, or be a nickname for Clare/Clarissa/Carissa.

SwedishEdith Sat 12-Nov-16 12:21:20

I know an older bloke with this name. I find it quite awkward to say as well with the long /a/ sound. I used to know a Karen who pronounced it Kaaaren - I found that awkward as well.

SausageSoda Sat 12-Nov-16 12:24:51

Carey I would pronounce the same as Jim Carey vile man Care-ee

I much prefer Carrie (Ka-ree) for a girl.

I imagine that Carey would just lead to a lifetime of people thinking her name was Kerry when verbally introduced and having to continually correct them.

TroysMammy Sat 12-Nov-16 12:28:46

Welsh spelling Ceri (ker ree) is an unisex name or as my DM once said "it's a bisexual name hmm.

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 13:51:39


I really like Ceri.

Bisexual name grin

Sophronia Sat 12-Nov-16 22:10:31

I prefer Cary/Carey for a boy, like Cary Grant.

VanessaBet Sat 12-Nov-16 22:13:24

I know of an adult female Carey. Care-ee, like Mariah

hopscotchegg Sun 13-Nov-16 19:28:17

Carey Mulligan pronounced it Carr-ee not Carey.

Huppopapa Sun 13-Nov-16 19:40:05

Ceri is a legit Welsh name pronounced more or less like Kerry and if one were Welsh, a wholly sensible choice.
Cary is almost unique to Mr. Grant of that ilk.
Carey sounds like caries though, and I wouldn't like to saddle a child with a name meaning tooth decay. (Along the same lines, I am constantly inwardly appalled at children called 'Jade' as any student of Eng. Lit. knows that a jade is a knackered horse or, more usually, a woman of easy repute.)

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