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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 3 variants: Terrey, Terri and Terrie.

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 has 2 feminine forms: Taryn and Teryl.


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. 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Terry and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Terry (#626 a year ago) are Derek (#205 a year ago), Derrick (#353), Terrance (#688), Terrence (#724), Terrell (#822), Tyrell, Terrill, Terence, Dirk, Rick and Ted. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.6258%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.2152%, down 65.6%), 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Derek, Derrick, Dirk, Rick, Ted, Terence, Terrance, Terrell, Terrence, Terrill in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

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.