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Not to be confused with the related name Charis
Meaning"loved one"
Other names
Related namesCaryse, Cerys (alternate spelling), Carissa, Cara, Carrie, Cheryl, Cherise

Carys is a Welsh feminine given name, formed from the stem of the Welsh vocabulary word caru, "to love"[1] (cf. third person câr "beloved friend" or "precious"), and the suffix -ys, found in such names as Dilys, Gladys, Glenys and Nerys.

This is comparable to the similar name Cheryl which like Carys [2] also appeared circa 1900 and is a combination of Cherie (The French form of Cara which means "precious" in Latin and is cognate to Welsh "câr") and the +yl suffix common in trendy early 20th century names such as Meryl and Beryl.

Famous bearers of the name include:

See also[edit]

  • Caradoc, a related male Welsh name with medieval origins


  1. ^ Igor Katsev. "Carys (Name) | Meaning of Carys | Origin of Carys at". Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  2. ^ "Carys: Baby Name of the Day". Appellation Mountain. Retrieved 2015-10-26.