Cherry

First Name
11k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
36k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Cherry

"Cherry" is a name of American origin, and it means "Cherry Fruit". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cher"ry
Senses
  1. [Bot] A tree or shrub of the genus PrunusWhich also includes the plum) bearing a fleshy drupe with a bony stone;
    1. The common garden cherry (Prunus Cerasus), of which several hundred varieties are cultivated for the fruit, some of which are, the begarreau, blackheart, black Tartarian, oxheart, morelle or morello, May-duke (corrupted from Médoc in France).
    2. The wild cherry; as, Prunus serotinawild black cherry), valued for its timber; Prunus Virginianachoke cherry), an American shrub which bears astringent fruit; Prunus avium and Prunus Padus, European trees (bird cherry).
  2. The fruit of the cherry tree, a drupe of various colors and flavors.
  3. The timber of the cherry tree, esp. of the black cherry, used in cabinetmaking, etc.
  4. A peculiar shade of red, like that of a cherry.

Etymology: OE. chery, for cherys, fr. F. cerisecf. AS. cyrs cherry), fr. LL. ceresia, fr. L. cerasus Cherry tree, Gr. keraso`s, perh. fr. ke`ras horn, from the hardness of the wood

adjective Cher"ry
Like a red cherry in color; ruddy; blooming; as, a cherry lip; cherry cheeks.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A red the color of ripe cherries
  2. A red fruit with a single hard stone
  3. Any of numerous trees and shrubs producing a small fleshy round fruit with a single hard stone; many also produce a valuable hardwood
  4. Wood of any of various cherry trees especially the black cherry
  5. Of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
Wiktionary

From Middle English cheri (loanword from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French cherise (“cherry”); compare Old French cerise, which gave modern French cerise and later English cerise from this). Compare Old English ciris (“cherry”), (from Late Latin ceresia), which may have also contributed to the modern word.

The Middle English singular is a back-formation from Old Northern French cherise (“cherry”) (interpreted as a plural), from Vulgar Latin ceresia, a reinterpretation of the neuter plural of Late Latin ceresium, from Latin cerasium (cerasum, cerasus (“cherry tree”)), from Ancient Greek κεράσιον (kerásion, “cherry fruit”), from Ancient Greek κερασός (kerasós, “bird cherry”), and ultimately possibly of Anatolian origin (the intervocalic σ suggests a pre-Greek origin for the word).

  1. A small fruit, usually red, black or yellow, with a smooth hard seed and a short hard stem.
  2. Prunus subg. Cerasus, trees or shrubs that bears cherries.
  3. The wood of a cherry tree.
  4. Cherry red.
  5. (slang) Virginity, especially female virginity as embodied by a hymen.
  6. (graph theory) A subtree consisting of a node with exactly two leaves.
  7. (cricket) A cricket ball.

cherry was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons With the Name Cherry

Cherry Jones is an actress. She was most prominent from 1980 to present. Cherry was born on November 21st, 1956 in Paris, Tennessee.

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Cherry Bomb is a famous person. Cherry was born on September 3rd, 1987 in London, Ontario. Cherry is also known as Dennis and Laura.

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Cherry Chevapravatdumrong is a writer, editor, producer, and author. She was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Cherry was born in 1977 in Columbus, Ohio. Cherry is also known as Cherry Cheva, Cherry C., and C.C..

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Cherry is a wrestler. Cherry was born on July 15th, 1975 in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Cherry Healey is a television presenter, presenter, and televisionpresenter. Her ongoing career started in 2009. Cherry was given the name Cherry Kathleen Chadwyck-Healey on December 5th, 1980. Cherry is also known as Cherry Kathleen Chadwyck-Healey.

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Cherry Vanilla is a punk rock and glam rock singer-songwriter. She plays Vocals. Cherry was given the name Kathleen Dorritie on October 16th, 1943 in Woodside, Queens. Cherry is also known as Cherry Vanilla.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cherry

Neneh Cherry is a hip hop music, trip hop, alternative rock, and world music singer-songwriter, rapping, and disc jockey. She has been prominent since 1981. Neneh was given the name Neneh Mariann Karlsson on March 10th, 1964 in Stockholm.

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Don Cherry is an ice hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 1972. Don was born on February 5th, 1934 in Kingston, Ontario.

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Eagle-Eye Cherry is a rock music, post-grunge, alternative rock, and acoustic music musician. He was most active from 1997 to 2003. Eagle-Eye was given the name Eagle-Eye Lanoo Cherry on May 7th, 1969.

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C. J. Cherryh is a science fiction and fantasy novelist, short story author, essayist, high school teacher, short story, essay, and teacher. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to 1976. C. was given the name Carolyn Janice Cherry on September 1st, 1942 in St. Louis.

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Cherry is a wrestler. Cherry was born on July 15th, 1975 in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Marc Cherry is a producer, director, and screenwriter. Marc was born on March 23rd, 1962 in Long Beach, California.

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How popular is the baby name Cherry in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 6 0
1881 5 5 0
1882 7 7 0
1883 5 5 0
1884 7 7 0
1885 10 10 0
1888 7 7 0
1889 5 5 0
1890 10 10 0
1891 8 8 0
1892 10 10 0
1893 13 13 0
1894 10 10 0
1895 8 8 0
1896 15 15 0
1897 10 10 0
1898 13 13 0
1899 11 11 0
1900 13 13 0
1901 8 8 0
1902 13 13 0
1903 8 8 0
1904 15 15 0
1905 6 6 0
1906 10 10 0
1907 12 12 0
1908 11 11 0
1909 11 11 0
1910 18 18 0
1911 13 13 0
1912 20 20 0
1913 12 12 0
1914 26 26 0
1915 38 38 0
1916 31 25 6
1917 33 33 0
1918 49 44 5
1919 34 34 0
1920 39 34 5
1921 54 54 0
1922 42 42 0
1923 43 43 0
1924 67 62 5
1925 81 75 6
1926 52 52 0
1927 58 58 0
1928 68 68 0
1929 82 77 5
1930 80 80 0
1931 79 74 5
1932 102 102 0
1933 83 78 5
1934 94 94 0
1935 99 92 7
1936 68 63 5
1937 81 81 0
1938 90 90 0
1939 87 87 0
1940 117 112 5
1941 93 93 0
1942 144 144 0
1943 151 146 5
1944 197 197 0
1945 227 219 8
1946 323 318 5
1947 359 354 5
1948 353 343 10
1949 301 291 10
1950 247 247 0
1951 269 269 0
1952 299 299 0
1953 270 265 5
1954 267 261 6
1955 251 251 0
1956 302 302 0
1957 299 299 0
1958 238 232 6
1959 216 216 0
1960 227 221 6
1961 185 185 0
1962 163 163 0
1963 161 161 0
1964 175 175 0
1965 140 140 0
1966 112 112 0
1967 174 174 0
1968 145 145 0
1969 150 150 0
1970 157 157 0
1971 155 155 0
1972 143 143 0
1973 139 139 0
1974 129 124 5
1975 117 117 0
1976 106 106 0
1977 128 128 0
1978 103 103 0
1979 103 103 0
1980 108 108 0
1981 87 82 5
1982 89 89 0
1983 67 67 0
1984 82 82 0
1985 67 67 0
1986 72 72 0
1987 59 59 0
1988 58 58 0
1989 45 45 0
1990 53 53 0
1991 60 60 0
1992 54 54 0
1993 42 42 0
1994 34 34 0
1995 30 30 0
1996 31 31 0
1997 29 29 0
1998 32 32 0
1999 22 22 0
2000 31 31 0
2001 21 21 0
2002 15 15 0
2003 19 19 0
2004 22 22 0
2005 29 29 0
2006 31 31 0
2007 38 38 0
2008 32 32 0
2009 24 24 0
2010 21 21 0
2011 26 26 0
2012 39 39 0
2013 35 35 0
2014 46 46 0
2015 42 42 0

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Popularity of Cherry as a first name

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Popularity of Cherry as a last name

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Common last names for Cherry

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Lewis
  • Turner
  • Miller
  • Hall
  • Moore

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cherry U.S.
  White 58.97% 64.26%
  African American 35.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.49% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cherry

People with the last name Cherry are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Cherry

  • How Popular is the name Cherry? Cherry is the 2,248th most popular name of all time. As a last name Cherry was the 970th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cherry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11,417 babies born with the first name Cherry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cherry to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cherry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cherry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cherry is Monday, December 14th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Cherry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cherry was in 1947 with a total of 354 babies.
  • Random Cherry Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cherry is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Cherry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrehc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehrryc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cherry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 35,877 people with the last name Cherry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cherry? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 12 of them will have Cherry as their last name.

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What does the name Cherry mean?

Cis for confident, no doubts here!

His for happy, your wonderful laugh.

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

Ris for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

Yis for youthful, your eternal look.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.