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What does Kerry mean?

Kerry Pronunciation of Kerry as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Kerry) is pronounced KARE-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kerry is "black". From the male name Ciaran. Also a place name for a county in Ireland. Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug; actress Keri Russell.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, black


VARIANTS Kara, Kera, Keree, Keri, Keriana, Keriann, Kerianna, Kerianne, Kerilyn, Kerra, Kerrey, Kerri, Kerrin, Kerria, Kerrianne, Kerridana, Kerrie


(female) Kiry, ..

(male) Kerny, ..

Kerry Astrid (K.A.), ..

How popular is Kerry?

Kerry is a very prominent first name for women (#452 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#14664 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Kerry was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #175 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kerry name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Kara (#500 FROM RECENT DATA), Kera, Keri, Kerri and Kerrie are the popular alternative forms of Kerry appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Kerry was at its apex 5 decades ago (MEDIAN #543) and has become significantly reduced since (#1750, DOWN 91.5%), with forms such as Keri going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kerry, Kara, Kera, Keri, Kerri, Kerrie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Kerry, Kara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Kerry is alike in pronunciation to Carey, Carry, Corey, Cory, Karee, Kari, Karra, Karrah, Karri, Karrie, Kary, Keera, Keira, Kiarra, Kiera, Kierra, Kiria, Kori, Korie, Korri, Korry, Kory, Kyra, Kyrah and Kyria. Other recommended sound-alike names are Barry, Berry, Cherry, Derry, Dorry, Gerry, Jerry, Jery, Jorry, Karly, Karryl, Karryn, Kealy, Keavy, Keely, Kelby, Kelcy, Kelly, Kelsy, Kenzy, Keren, Kerin, Kerran, Kerril, Kerron, Kerryl, Kerryn, Kerrynn, Keryl, Keryn, Kessy, Kirby, Lorry, Merry, Norry, Perry, Sherry, Terry and Torry. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kerry.

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