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What does Cheryl mean?

Cheryl Pronunciation of Cheryl [cheryl] as a girls' name is pronounced CHARE-el, SHARE-el. It is of French and Greek origin, and the meaning of Cheryl is "cherry fruit; green gemstone". Not found before the 1920s. Blend of Cherry with Beryl. Also influenced by Cherie, meaning "dear". Pop musician Sheryl Crow; actress Cheryl Ladd.

Associated with: greek, cherry (tree), green, blend.


Cheryl has 50 variants: Charell, Charelle, Charil, Charyl, Cherell, Cherelle, Cheriann, Cherianne, Cherie, Cherilee, Cherilyn, Cherilynn, Cherlyn, Cherlyne, Cherrell, Cherrellee, Cherrill, Cherryl, Cherylann, Cheryle, Cherylee, Cheryline, Cherylinn, Cheryll, Cherylle, Cherylyn, Cherylynn, Chyril, Chyrill, Sharell, Sharil, Sharrell, Sharyl, Sharyll, Sherai, Sherell, Sherianne, Sheril, Sherill, Sherrell, Sherril, Sherrill, Sherryl, Sheryell, Sheryl, Sheryle, Sheryll, Shiral, Shyril and Shyrill.

Affiliated girl names: Cher, Cherida, Meryl, Sherry, Teryl, Carol and Charlotte.

29 more related forms via Beryl, Cherie, Cherry, Sheryl: Beril, Beryle, Beryn, Charee, Cher, Cheralin, Cheralyn, Chere, Cheree, Chereen, Cherena, Cherey, Cheri, Cherida, Cherina, Cherise, Cherita, Cherree, Cherrey, Cherri, Cherrie, Chery, Cheryth, Cheyrie, Shary, Sheree, Sheria, Sherry and Shery.

1 masculine form: Sherill.

Creative forms:
(female) Ceryl, Cleryl, ..

(male) Checil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cheryl Royal (C.R.), ..

How popular is Cheryl?

Cheryl is a very popular first name for women (#59 out of 4276, Top 1%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Cheryl was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its apex rank of #19 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Charlotte (#9 a year ago), Carol (#1768), Sherill, Sheree, Sherrell, Meryl, Cheryll, Sherril, Sharyl, Sherry, Sheryll, Teryl, Sheryle, Sheryl, Cheryle, Sherryl, Sherrill, Cheri, Cherie, Cherelle, Cheree, Cher, Chere, Cherilyn, Cherise, Cherryl, Beryl, Cherry, Cherrie, Cherlyn, Cherri and Cherylann are the prominent alternative forms of Cheryl listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Beryn, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Cheryl was common among parents 8 decades ago (average #1166) and has become much less since (#1932, 82.3%), with versions such as Cheryl becoming somewhat outmoded. Charlotte is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cheryl, Beryl, Carol, Charlotte, Cher in U.S.

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cherry, Cherryl, Cherylann, Cheryle, Cheryll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Meryl, Sharyl, Sheree, Sherill, Sherrell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sherril, Sherrill, Sherry, Sherryl, Sheryl in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheryle, Sheryll, Teryl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cheryl is alike in pronunciation to Charill and Sharel. Other recommended names are Averyl, Carel, Carrol, Caryl, Caryle, Caryll, Cecyl, Cerys, Charela (see Harela), Charla, Charle, Charli, Charly, Chel, Chell, Cheray, Cherit, Cheron, Cheryce, Cherye, Cherylie, Cherylin, Cheryse, Cherysh, Coral, Keryl, Sherye and Sheryn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Cheryl.

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