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What does Jerry mean?

Jerry \j(er)-ry\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Jerry) is pronounced JARE-ee. It is of English origin. Used as an independent name, Jerry is also a short form of names beginning with Jer-. Actors/comedians Jerry Lewis and Jerry Seinfeld; actor Jerry Orbach.


Jerry has 5 variants: Gerrey, Gerry, Jerre, Jerrey and Jerrie.

For more information, see also related boy names Jaron, Gerald, Jeremiah, Jeremy and Jerome.

Jerry has 2 feminine forms: Jeralyn and Jeri.


Jerry is a very popular first name for males (#39 out of 1220, Top 3%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#11428 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Jerry for boys. Jerry reached its top position of #19 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is presently at #451. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jerry name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Jerry and affiliated names. Jeremiah (#56 a year ago), Jeremy (#169), Jerome (#807), Gerald (#816), Jaron and Gerry are the prominent varying forms of Jerry (#451 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.679%) and is now much less (usage 0.3859%, down 43.2%), with the versions Gerald, Jerome, Jerry, Jaron and Gerry falling out of style. Jeremiah (#56) and Jeremy (#169) are two of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here, with Jeremiah having a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerald, Gerry, Jaron, Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerome, Jerry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jerry is pronounced similarly to Gerri, Gery, Jaray, Jary, Jerae, Jerah, Jerrah, Jerri, Jorey, Jorry and Jory. Other suggested similar baby names are Berry, Derry, Jefry, Jere, Jerryd, Jerryl, Jerzy, Kerry, Perry and Terry. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jerry.