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What does Cher mean?

Cher Pronunciation of Cher [cher] as a girls' name is pronounced sher. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Cher is "dear". Short form of Cheryl used as an independent name, due to the fame of singer/actress Cher, whose real name was Cherilyn. Also nickname for Cherie and Cherry. Cher is also the name of the heroine of the movie and TV series "Clueless".

Associated with: heroine.


Cher has 22 variants: Chere, Cheree, Cherey, Cheri, Cherice, Cherie, Cherise, Cherish, Cherrie, Cherry, Chery, Cherye, Cherylee, Cherylie, Sher, Sherelle, Sherey, Sheri, Sherice, Sherie, Sherry and Sheryll.

27 more alternative forms via Cherie, Cherilyn, Cherry, Cheryl: Charee, Charil, Charyl, Chereen, Cherell, Cherena, Cherida, Cherina, Cherita, Cherlyn, Cherree, Cherrey, Cherri, Cherryl, Cheryl, Cheryle, Cheryll, Cheryth, Cheyrie, Chyril, Shary, Sherai, Sheree, Sheria, Sheril, Shery and Sheryl.

Creative forms:
(female) Ceer, Chra, ..

(male) Chert, Chri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cher Avalynn (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cher?

Cher is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3140 out of 4276, Top 73%) and also a somewhat popular last name for all people (#83301 out of 150436, Top 55%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cher was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #1221 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cher name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cher outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Cher are Chere, Cheree, Cheri, Cherie, Cherilyn, Cherise, Cherish (#943 via latest list), Cherlyn, Cherri, Cherrie, Cherry, Cherryl, Cheryl, Cheryle, Cheryll, Sheree, Sheri, Sherice, Sherie, Sherry, Sheryl and Sheryll. Other variants, like Cheryth, are seldom used. These forms of Cher were favored by parents 65 years ago (median #1040) and are now much less conventional (#1954, 99.3%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cher, Chere, Cheree, Cheri, Cherie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherilyn, Cherise, Cherish, Cherlyn, Cherri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherrie, Cherry, Cherryl, Cheryl, Cheryle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cheryll, Sheree, Sheri, Sherice, Sherie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sherry, Sheryl, Sheryll in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cher and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Cher is pronounced similarly to Char. Other recommended names are Caera, Cee, Cera, Ceri, Cha-, Chader, Chara, Chari, Charo, Chel, Chela, Chele, Chell, Chelo, Chels, Cheray, Cherit, Cheron, Ciera, Clea, Clem, Cleo, Coe, Coel, Cor, Cree, Emer and Pier. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cher.

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