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Gender: Female Meaning of Carrie: "free man" Origin of Carrie: Diminutive of Carol or Caroline

The name Carrie is a girl's name meaning "free man". Carrie and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Freedom and discussed in our forums with posts like "Lacoste Family: 130 Years (1)".

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Carrie lives on mainly on the screen, as the new/old antiheroine of Stephen King's classic Carrie, as turn-of-the-21st-century diva Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & The City, and as Claire Danes' Emmy-winning character Carrie Mathison of Homeland. In real life, however, Carrie dropped off the Top 1000 a handful of years ago and, while the name retains some charm, shows no signs of making an imminent comeback. Try Cara instead.

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Famous People Named Carrie

Carrie Frances Fisher, American actress and author
Carrie Rachel Brownstein, American musician and actress
Carrie Amelia Moore Nation, American temperance leader
Carrie Preston, American Actress
Carrie Marie Underwood, American country music singer
Caroline Vanessa "Carrie" Grant, English vocal coach and TV presenter
Carrie Hope Fletcher, English singer, actress and Youtuber
Carrie Minetta Jacobs-Bond, American singer and songwriter
Carrie Clinton Lane Chapman Catt, American suffragist
Caroline Michelle "Carrie" Prejean, American model; Miss USA runner-up 2009
Carrie Bickmore, Australian TV presenter
Carrie-Ann Inaba, American dancer and TV personality
Carrie Lucas, American R&B singer
Carrie-Anne Moss, Canadian actress
Caroline Celestia "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzey, sister of American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
Caroline "Carrie" Snodgress, American actress
Carrie Anne Savage, American voice actress
Carrie Sheinberg, American skier
Caroline "Carrie" St. Louis, american actress.

Pop Culture References for the name Carrie

Carrie Bradshaw, main character in TV's "Sex and the City"
Carietta "Carrie" White, main character in movie/book "Carrie" by Stephen King
Carrie Donovan, character in TV's "Townies"
Carrie Mathison, main character in TV's "Homeland"
Carrie Heffernan, character in TV's "King of Queens"
Carrie Rawlins, character in movie "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
Carrie "Big Boo" Black, character in TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Carrie Bishop, minor character in TV's "Veronica Mars"
Caroline Forbes, character in TV's "Vampire Diaries," rarely called Care/Carrie
Carrie Anne, character in movie "House at the End of the Street"
Dr. Carrie Roman, character on TV's Nurse Jackie
Carrie, psycho nanny on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Carrie Sullivan, character in Rachael Allen's "The Revenge Playbook"
"Carrie Anne," song by The Hollies
Carrie, a mute slave in Octavia Butler's "Kindred"

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EvaThyssen Says:


I prefer Carrie to Cara. Cara means 'face' in Spanish, and it sounds very odd to me as a native Spanish speaker.

Jambojambo Says:


OMGosh, look at the curve drop off roughly around the time of the Stephen King film! That's brutal. I guess Carrie Bradshaw did good things, but then you have Carrie Mathison of Homeland who's also a bit off-the-wall, not doing great things for it.

I love it though. Sounds so much better with an American accent.

Kari125 Says:


Carrie is a OK name. Cause of Carrie Underwood. My name is Kari rymes with Stary. like the Car. but for the name Carrie its OK..

claraminta Says:


I totally agree! And Carrie is my favorite character in the Little House series. Carrie Underwood is also a cool namesake.

JazzieJonez Says:


I honestly love the name Carrie! It manages to be both playful and mature.