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What does Terrell mean?

Terrell Pronunciation of Terrell as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Terrell) is pronounced TARE-el. Possibly (Old French) "puller", referring to a nickname for a stubborn person, implying a comparison with a horse that uncooperatively pulls on the reins. Also possibly (Old German) "following Thor". Thor, the god of thunder, was a key figure in Norse mythology. Also form of Thorald.


ASSOCIATED WITH old, stubborn (faithful), thunder, norse, mythology


VARIANTS Tarrall, Terell, Terrall, Terrel, Terrelle, Terrill, Terryal, Terryl, Terryll, Tirrell, Tyrell, Tyrrell




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How popular is Terrell?

Terrell is a very prominent first name for males (#471 out of 1220, Top 39%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#946 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Terrell reached its top rank of #270 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #964. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Terry (#757 LAST YEAR), Tyrell (#1167), Terell, Terrel, Terrill and Terryl are the prominent varying forms of Terrell (#964) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Terrell was at its apex during 1950-1959 (MEDIAN #1303) and has become much reduced since, with versions like Terrell becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terrell, Terell, Terrel, Terrill, Terry in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terryl, Tyrell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Terrell is pronounced similarly to Tirell, Tyrel, Tyrelle and Tyrrel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aeriell, Bertell (see Berthold), Burrell, Darrell, Derell, Derrall, Derrel, Derrell, Derrill, Dorrell, Durrell, Farrell, Ferrel, Ferrell, Ferrill, Gerrall (see Jerrell), Gerrell, Gorrell, Harrell, Jarrell, Jerell, Jerrall, Jerrel, Jerrell, Jerrill, Jerroll, Jorrell, Merrel, Merrell, Merrill, Morrell, Pernell, Sorrell, Terrey, Traill, Verdell, Vernell, Verrall, Verrell, Verrill and Verroll. These names tend to be less frequently used than Terrell.