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Carey Families of Ireland

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Generally regarded as stemming from Ó Ciardha and also from Ó Ciaráin/Ó Céirin/Ó Cearáin, O Carráin, MacFhiachra, Mac Fhearadhaigh and Mac Giolla Chéire, CAREY is widespread and very numerous in Ireland, and present, through immigration, in considerable numbers in Britain, especially in urban centres of high Irish population, such as London area, Glasgow and Manchester.  It is also a numerous Irish surname in the U.S.A.

 

The two major authoriities on Irish surnames are Patrick Woulfe (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall, Dublin 1923) and Edward MacLysaght (The Surnames of Ireland, Dublin 1985, Irish Families 1985 and More Irish Families 1982)

 

MacLysaght's The Surnames of Ireland  says that Carey is 'used as the anglicised form of seven Gaelic Irish surnames, Ó Ciardha, MacFhiachra etc (see MacCary, Crean, Currane, Keary, Kerin, Kerrane, Keighry); also as a synonym of the Norman Carew'.

 

MacLysaght's Irish Families series is comprehensive.  In Irish Families he gives Ó Ciardha as the origin, along with MacFhiachra, as well as Ó Céirín in Mayo and Ó Ciaráin in Co. Cork. To these he adds Mac Giolla Céire.  His comments under Carey in More Irish Families  were his latest thoughts on the subject, as he stated in a letter to me during correspondance.  I quote from that book: 'In Irish Families the Gaelic surname Mac Fhiachra is described as nearly extinct. This is true so far as its earlier and phonetic anglicisations- Keaghry, Keighry and Kehery are concerned... though they are not unknown in east Galway and the neighbourhood of Athlone.  It would appear, however, that the Co. Galway sept of Mac Fhiachra does survive in considerable numbers, but under the alias of Carey. At the same time it must be remembered that Carey has been adopted as the anglicised form of several other Irish surnames; to those given in Irish Families the Norman name Carew may be added, which in fact is often pronounced Carey by the people bearing it. The majority of the numerous families called Carey belong to the Ó Ciardha sept of the southern Uí Néill, originally located in south Ulster and north Leinster, not to that of Mac Fhiachra.' More Irish Families (1982) p50

 

Woulfe is interesting in that he relates different origins of Carey to specific areas in Ireland.  O Ciardha: Kildare, Westmeath, Meath, Clare, East Limerick, North East Cork, South West Tipperary, West Galway.  Mac Fhiachra: some parts of Galway.  Carrún (Carew): Munster (this Norman name is, however, misleading for Cos Tipperary and Waterford where it is often preceded by Gaelic forenames in 17th century records; Norman families would not have used native forenames in this period. This would also apply to MacLysaght's quotation, above.  The subject of Carew is discussed on page 2).  Ó Carráin, Ó Corráin: some parts of Munster.  Ó Ciaráin, Ó Cearáin, Ó Cioráin: South Mayo, West Mayo.  Ó Céirín: some parts of Ireland.  Ó Ciarmhacháin: West Cork.

 

Cary is also a Somerset/Devonshire name introduced by two main planter families into Ireland: 1) at Redcastle, north east Donegal (17th c.); and 2) at 'Careysville' near Fermoy (mid 17th c.) a branch of which bought Glenabbey, north Waterford, near Clonmel (18th c.)  The male lines are extinct.

 

 

 

Number of Carey Households in Griffiths Primary Valuation , Survey 1847-64

       

From Greatest to Least.  The County number comes first, where County and City share the total.

 

         County

       

·       Tipperary                             225              + Cary 2,  Keary  11, *Carew 50                                                                                   

 

·       Cork County/city   159, 18,  177

                       

·       Limerick Co/city     94,  14,   108

 

·       Dublin Co,city        65,  29      84     
                      

·       Mayo                                     78              +Cary 3

 

·       Westmeath                            64              + Cary 11, Keary 7

 

·       Waterford                             54               + *Carew 25

 

·       Clare                                     48 

 

·       Meath                                    45                                       

·       Galway                                 45                                       

                               

·       Kerry                                     38                                        

 

·       Antrim         32 (+ 5 Belfast)  37                + McCarey 4

 

·       Kilkenny                                 32                                        .

·       Offaly                                    32

 

·       Laois                                      31                                      

·       Donegal                                  31                + Cary 11, McCarey 4                                                                                                        

 

·       Kildare                                    29                                     .

 

·       Fermanagh                             28

 

·       Wicklow                                 20

 

·       Down                                     16                                          

·       Louth                                      11                                          

·       Wexford                                 10               [+10 Carew households here].                                                                                  

                                                                                                       

·       Carlow                                     9                                                                                    

·       Monaghan                                8                 + McCarey 9                           

·       Roscommon                             8

 

·       Derry Co & city                         5                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                          
·                                                   

.       Longford                                   4

·       Tyrone                                      4                             

.       Cavan                                       4                                                                                                   
·       Sligo                                          3                                              
                                                                                                    

·       Leitrim                                        2                                             

                                                 

 

* Carew - in Cos Tipp & Waterford is not the Norman surname, but an anglicised Gaelic name used synonymously with Carey.

                The 10 Carew families listed in Wexford, may be genuine Cambro-Norman, however. 

 

                                       

CAREY  Irish Telephone Directories 1987/88

 

      

        Dublin      200

                

        Cork      110

 

        Tipperary      80

 

        Antrim      73

 

        Limerick      59

 

        Mayo      25

 

        Clare      24

 

        Kildare      23

 

        Westmeath      23

 

       Belfast      20

 

        Waterford      18

 

        Kerry      15

 

        Galway      12

 

        Donegal      12

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     

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Legend

Ó Ciardha over Cairbre of poets

Of the tribes of Nine-hostaged Niall;

There are but themselves over to the east,

Of the clans of Niall in Leinster'

Ó Dubhagáin  d1372

 

 

Legend

'Over Cairbre of Leinster of the plains,

Is Ó Ciargha of the red-bladed swords;

The scion of Almhain without scarcity in the east,

By whom battles were kindled round Cruachan'

Ó hUidhrín  d1420

 

Headlines
Ua Ciardha, lord of Coirpre (tighearna Coirpre) died. AD952

Annals of the Four Masters

 

Headlines

MaolRuanaig hua Ciardha, king of Cairpri (ri Cairpri), killed by the men of Tethfa. AD992

Annals of Tigernach

(these entries from the

Annals of Tigernach are also to be found in the Annals of Ulster and The Annals of the Four Masters with corresponding dates.) 

 

 

Contact me patrick@careyirish.com

 

 

c.  Patrick G. Carey research and art work

 

 

    

 

 

The Top 5 Counties for Carey numbers:

 

1850s (Griffith's Valuation)

1. Tipperary

2. Cork

3. Limerick

4. Dublin

5. Mayo

 

 

1890 Birth Registrations

(R.E. Matheson)

1. Cork

2. Dublin

3. Tipperary

4. Mayo

5. Kerry

 

 

1987/88 (Telephone Directories)

1. Dublin

2. Cork

3. Tipperary

4. Antrim

5. Limerick

 

Legend

O Ciarda obtained heavy profit

Of the land of Cairbre,

I conceal it not,

For O Ciarrda of the yellow crops

The fragrant tree was not slow in bearing.

Giolla Iosa Mor Mac Firbis c. 1400

 

 

 

 

Wikipedia Page

Carey (surname) 

compiled by me 2013-2014, gives a summary of the information on these pages.

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