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What does Terry mean?

Terry Pronunciation of Terry 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH ruler (king), norman, modern


VARIANTS Terrey, Terri, Terrie

RELATED FORMS VIA TERENCE, TERRELL, THEODORIC Derek, Ted, Terell, Terrall, Terrel, Terrill, Terris, Terrius, Terron, Terryal, Terryl, Terryll


(male) Temry, ..

(female) Tercy, ..

Terry Brendan (T.B.), ..

How popular is Terry?

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Terry reached its highest position of #29 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #757 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Terry (#757 A YEAR AGO) are Derek (#257), Terrell (#964), Ted, Terell, Terence, Terrel, Terri, Terrill, Terron and Terryl. Other forms, like Terryal, are uncommon. These relations of Terry reached the apex of their popularity in the 1950s (ADOPTION OF 0.8%) and have become significantly less popular since (ADOPTION 0.1%, 87%), with versions like Terry becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terry, Derek, Ted, Terell, Terence in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Terrel, Terrell, Terri, Terrill, Terron, Terryl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Terry is alike in pronunciation to Taro, Tauro, Terah, Torey, Torio, Toro, Torrey, Torrie, Torrio, Torry, Toru, Tory and Tyree. Other recommended sound-alike names are Arry, Barry, Berry, Corry, Curry, Darry, Derry, Garry, Geary, Gerry, Gery, Harry, Henry, Horry, Jefry, Jerry, Jorry, Keary, Kerry, Korry, Larry, Leary, Lorry, Morry, Murry, Orry, Parry, Perry, Rorry, Skerry, Tarryn, Teddy, Tenny, Teran, Tern, Teron, Terran, Terrin, Terryn, Teryn, Torr, Torre, Trey and Troy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Terry.

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