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Meaning and name origin

Terry \t(er)-ry\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Terry), is pronounced TARE-ee. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Terry is "people's ruler". From Theodoric, which was the direct source of Derek and Dietrich, but gave rise to Terry through the Norman French name Thierri (also the source of the modern French Thierry). Also short form of Terence and Terrell. Football player Terry Bradshaw; filmmaker Terry Gilliam.


Terry has 3 variant forms: Terrey, Terri and Terrie.

There are 2 feminine forms of Terry: Taryn and Teryl.


Terry is a very popular first name for males (#57 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#265 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Terry for boys. Terry reached its highest rank of #29 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Terry and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Terry (#626), Terrell (#822) and Terence. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Terence, Terrell, Terry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Terry is also pronounced similarly to Terah, Torey, Torrey, Torry and Tory. Other suggested similar baby names are Berry, Derry, Gerry, Jerry, Kerry, Perry, Terryl, Terryn, Torr, Torre, Trey and Troy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Terry.