What does Terry mean?
Terry [ter-ry] as a boys' name 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.
(male) Temry, Terny, ..
(female) Tercy, Terdy, .. Middle name pairings:
Terry Ronan (T.R.), ..
How popular is Terry?
Terry is a very popular first name for men (#57 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#336 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Terry reached its highest position of #29 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #664 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Terry (#664 a year ago) are Derek (#210 a year ago), Terrell (#889), Terence (#1586), Ted, Terryl, Terron, Terri, Terrel, Terell and Terrill. Other forms, like Terryal, are uncommon. These relations of Terry reached the apex of their popularity in the 1950s (adoption of 0.8%) and have become significantly less popular since (adoption 0.1%, ▼84%), with versions like Terry becoming somewhat dated.
Terry▼ is alike in pronunciation to Taro, Tauro, Terah, Torey, Torio, Toro, Torrey▼, Torrie, Torrio, Torry, Toru, Tory▼ and Tyree. Other recommended names are Arry, Barry▼, Berry▼, Corry, Curry, Darry, Derry, Garry▼, Geary, Gerry▼, Gery, Harry▼, Henry▼, Horry, Jefry, Jerry▼, Jorry, Keary, Kerry▼, Korry, Larry▼, Leary, Lorry, Morry, Murry, Orry, Parry, Perry▼, Rorry, Skerry, Tarryn, Teddy▼, Tenny, Teran, Tern, Teron, Terran, Terrin, Terryn, Teryn, Torr, Torre, Trey▼ and Troy▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Terry.See names in meaning and etymology.