Surname statistics for Carey

There are approximately 17,225 people named Carey in the UK. That makes it the 582nd most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 273 are named Carey.

Frequency Comparisons
TotalRankFrequency %Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current)17225582N/A273
United Kingdom (1881 census)56477870.019189
Change since 1881+11578+205+0.008+84
Other Countries
United States54924547N/A204


People with the surname Carey are slightly less likely to be politicians than the average member of the population. When they do become politicians, they are most likely to be elected as Conservative.

As of the most recent set of elections, the political parties represented by politicians called Carey are:

  1. Conservative (3)
  2. Labour (2)
More stats for the politics nerds!

Top male forenames

John Carey
Paul Carey
David Carey
Michael Carey
Stephen Carey
Peter Carey
Christopher Carey
Mark Carey
James Carey
Andrew Carey
Anthony Carey
Robert Carey
William Carey
Thomas Carey
Richard Carey
Martin Carey
Simon Carey
Ian Carey
Kevin Carey
Steven Carey

Top female forenames

Susan Carey
Helen Carey
Patricia Carey
Margaret Carey
Caroline Carey
Lisa Carey
Elizabeth Carey
Alison Carey
Gillian Carey
Christine Carey
Jane Carey
Janet Carey
Catherine Carey
Sharon Carey
Emma Carey
Anne Carey
Ann Carey
Deborah Carey
Yvonne Carey
Barbara Carey


  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it's the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it's the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don't really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won't change, as it's a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

'N/A' indicates that we don't have data for this name in that country or time (usually because it's quite uncommon there and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one there with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the UK as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.