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Kerry (boy)

What does Kerry mean?

Kerry Pronunciation of Kerry as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Kerry) is pronounced KARE-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kerry is "black-haired". Also the place name of the county in Ireland. Kerrigan is an Irish surname with the same meaning.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, black (dark), surname


VARIANTS Kearie, Keary, Kerrey, Kerrie, Kerrigan


(male) Kenry, ..

(female) Kerty, ..

Kerry Marion (K.M.), ..

How popular is Kerry?

Kerry is a very prominent first name for men (#346 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#14664 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Kerry entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its apex rank of #178 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not found in the list at the moment. (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?

Keary is the only other popular related form of Kerry listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Kerry were favored as baby names 6 decades ago (USAGE OF 0.1%), but now, the version Kerry has become somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kerry, Keary in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Kerry is pronounced similarly to Carey, Carrey, Cary, Corey, Correy, Corry, Cory, Cowry, Currey, Curro, Curry, Kari, Korey, Kori, Korrey, Korry, Kory and Kyrie. Other recommended sound-alike names are Arry, Barry, Berry, Darry, Derry, Garry, Geary, Gerry, Gery, Harry, Henry, Horry, Jefry, Jerry, Jorry, Karny (see Kearney), Karr, Kealy, Kearn, Kearny, Keely, Keer, Keir, Kelby, Kelly, Kelsy (see Kelsey), Kenly, Kenny, Ker, Kerbey (see Kirby), Kerby, Kerem, Kerk, Kern, Kerr, Kervyn, Kerwyn, Key, Kirby, Larry, Leary, Lorry, Morry, Murry, Orry, Parry, Perry, Rorry, Skerry, Terry and Torry. These names tend to be less commonly used than Kerry.

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