What does Terry mean?
Terry \t(er)-ry\ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' 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 36 more related forms via Terence, Terrell, Theodoric: Derek▲, Derrick▲, Dieter, Dietrich, Dirck, Dirk▼, Rick▼, Tarrall, Tarrance, Tarrants, Tarrence, Tarrenz, Ted▼, Teodorico, Terell, Terencio, Terrall, Terrance▼, Terrel, Terrelle, Terrence▼, Terrill, Terrious, Terris, Terrius, Terron, Terronce, Terryal, Terryl, Terryll, Thedric, Thedrick, Theodric, Tirrell, Tyrell▼ and Tyrrell.
Terry is a very popular first name for men (#57 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#265 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Terry for boys. Terry reached its highest position of #29 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is at #626 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Terry and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Terry (#626 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Derek (#205 a year ago), Derrick (#353), Terrance (#688), Terrence (#724), Terrell (#822), Tyrell, Terrill, Terence, Dirk, Rick and Ted. This boy name reached the apex of its popularity during 1960-1969 and has become significantly less popular since, with versions like Terrell, Terrance, Tyrell, Terrence and Terry becoming somewhat dated. Derek (#205) and Derrick (#353) are two of the more trendy boy names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Terry▼ is alike in pronunciation to Terah, Torey, Torrey▼, Torry and Tory▼. Other recommended similar baby names are Berry▼, Derry, Gerry▼, Jerry▼, Kerry▼, Perry▼, Terryn, Torr, Torre, Trey▲ and Troy▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Terry.