• 629k Jerry
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Origin and Meaning of Jerry

"Jerry" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of names beginning with Jer or Ger". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Jer"ry
Flimsy; jerry-built.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Offensive term for a person of German descent
Wiktionary

Diminutive of Jeremy, Jerome, Gerald, Jerrold, Gerard, and related names. Use in reference to a chamber pot probably derives from jeroboam or Jeroboam (“large bowl; very large wine bottle”).

  1. A diminutive of the male given names Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerome, Jerrold, Gerald, Gerard or similar male given names.
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  2. A diminutive of the female given names Geraldine or Jerilyn.
  3. A male given name.
  4. (dated, UK) A chamber pot: a container used for urination and defecation.

A clipped form of German popularized during the First World War.

  1. (Britain, US, ethnic slur, dated) A personification of the German people generally.
  2. (Britain, US, ethnic slur, dated) A German, particularly a male German.

    Jerry was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Jerry

    Jerry Brown is a 31st Attorney General of California, 47th Mayor of Oakland, and 24th Secretary of State of California. Jerry was born on April 7th, 1938.

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    Jerry Lewis is a character comedy and physical comedy comedian. Jerry was given the name Joseph Levitch on March 16th, 1926 in , United States.

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    Jerry Seinfeld is an observational comedy, political satire, and black comedy comedian. Jerry was given the name Jerome Allen Seinfeld on April 29th, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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    Jerry Garcia was a psychedelic rock, blues rock, folk rock, jam band, bluegrass music, progressive rock, and jazz musician. He plays Guitar, Pedal steel guitar, Banjo, Bass guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson SG, Guild Guitar Company, Gibson Les Paul, Tiger (guitar), Martin D-28, Takamine guitars, Travis Bean, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 1995. Jerry was given the name Jerome John Garcia on August 1st, 1942 in San Francisco, California, United States. He breathed his last breath on August 9th, 1995.

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    Jerry Lee Lewis is a rock, roll, rockabilly, country music, gospel music, honky-tonk, and blues singing, pianist, musician, songwriter, and actor. He plays Lead vocalist, Piano, Guitar, and Drum kit. He was most active from 1954 to present. Jerry was born on September 29th, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana, United States. Jerry is also known as The Killer.

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    Jerry O'Connell is an actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He was most active from 1986 to present. Jerry was given the name Jeremiah O'Connell on February 17th, 1974 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jerry

    Sailor Jerry was a tattoo artist, sailor, and musician. Sailor was given the name Norman Keith Collins on January 14th, 1911 in Reno, Nevada. Sailor is also known as Norman K. Collins, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, NKC, Sailor Jerry, SJ, and $. He died on June 12th, 1973.

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    He has been prominent since 2010. John was born on June 14th, 1986 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    His career lasted from 2009 to 2013. Peria was born on August 23rd, 1984 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    J.D. & Jerry is a director, screenwriter, and film producer. They were most prominent from 1997 to present. J.D. was given the name Joseph D. Sami on July 31st, 1964 in Tamil Nadu, India.

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    Brigadier Jerry is a reggae and dancehall deejay (jamaican). He was most active from 1975 to 1975. Brigadier was given the name Robert Russell on September 28th, 1957. Brigadier is also known as The General.

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    Robert was born in 1953. Robert is also known as Jerry, Robert H., and II.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 136 0 136 #99 boy name
    1881 97 0 97
    1882 105 0 105
    1883 107 0 107
    1884 121 0 121
    1885 115 0 115
    1886 125 0 125
    1887 98 0 98
    1888 92 0 92
    1889 110 0 110
    1890 103 0 103
    1891 107 0 107
    1892 117 0 117
    1893 118 0 118
    1894 127 0 127
    1895 102 0 102
    1896 94 0 94
    1897 118 0 118
    1898 143 0 143
    1899 118 7 111
    1900 220 15 205
    1901 116 0 116
    1902 158 10 148
    1903 119 7 112
    1904 185 8 177
    1905 189 12 177
    1906 163 17 146
    1907 180 15 165
    1908 218 20 198
    1909 208 16 192
    1910 284 33 251
    1911 275 37 238
    1912 448 43 405
    1913 536 43 493
    1914 703 54 649
    1915 881 80 801
    1916 997 112 885
    1917 964 103 861
    1918 1,126 140 986
    1919 1,059 142 917
    1920 1,210 167 1,043
    1921 1,279 165 1,114
    1922 1,364 167 1,197
    1923 1,468 192 1,276
    1924 1,685 217 1,468
    1925 1,857 232 1,625
    1926 2,158 226 1,932 #97 boy name
    1927 2,471 254 2,217 #93 boy name
    1928 2,871 281 2,590 #79 boy name
    1929 3,265 276 2,989 #61 boy name
    1930 4,253 362 3,891 #51 boy name
    1931 4,755 385 4,370 #43 boy name
    1932 5,677 375 5,302 #34 boy name
    1933 6,456 390 6,066 #31 boy name
    1934 7,513 382 7,131 #25 boy name
    1935 8,863 414 8,449 #22 boy name
    1936 9,718 446 9,272 #18 boy name
    1937 10,721 422 10,299 #17 boy name
    1938 12,639 469 12,170 #17 boy name
    1939 14,237 506 13,731 #16 boy name
    1940 15,720 522 15,198 #14 boy name
    1941 17,351 547 16,804 #14 boy name
    1942 18,089 610 17,479 #16 boy name
    1943 18,356 626 17,730 #17 boy name
    1944 16,819 540 16,279 #19 boy name
    1945 15,114 414 14,700 #20 boy name
    1946 18,038 475 17,563 #20 boy name
    1947 19,259 469 18,790 #20 boy name
    1948 17,241 433 16,808 #21 boy name
    1949 16,208 344 15,864 #23 boy name
    1950 15,622 352 15,270 #24 boy name
    1951 15,480 315 15,165 #24 boy name
    1952 14,714 265 14,449 #26 boy name
    1953 14,176 275 13,901 #29 boy name
    1954 13,906 247 13,659 #31 boy name
    1955 13,191 217 12,974 #33 boy name
    1956 12,827 215 12,612 #35 boy name
    1957 13,506 236 13,270 #35 boy name
    1958 13,130 212 12,918 #35 boy name
    1959 12,506 192 12,314 #36 boy name
    1960 11,995 158 11,837 #37 boy name
    1961 11,499 126 11,373 #37 boy name
    1962 10,740 161 10,579 #38 boy name
    1963 10,312 119 10,193 #38 boy name
    1964 9,755 139 9,616 #40 boy name
    1965 9,136 114 9,022 #41 boy name
    1966 8,525 101 8,424 #41 boy name
    1967 7,890 110 7,780 #41 boy name
    1968 7,563 109 7,454 #44 boy name
    1969 7,386 97 7,289 #45 boy name
    1970 7,540 116 7,424 #45 boy name
    1971 6,666 94 6,572 #50 boy name
    1972 5,695 93 5,602 #53 boy name
    1973 5,177 81 5,096 #57 boy name
    1974 4,725 61 4,664 #61 boy name
    1975 4,387 74 4,313 #65 boy name
    1976 4,138 68 4,070 #67 boy name
    1977 3,796 46 3,750 #75 boy name
    1978 3,483 53 3,430 #82 boy name
    1979 3,489 44 3,445 #85 boy name
    1980 3,249 57 3,192 #94 boy name
    1981 3,087 31 3,056 #97 boy name
    1982 2,998 56 2,942 #100 boy name
    1983 2,798 42 2,756
    1984 2,490 34 2,456
    1985 2,470 48 2,422
    1986 2,298 31 2,267
    1987 2,267 34 2,233
    1988 2,298 36 2,262
    1989 2,190 25 2,165
    1990 2,207 23 2,184
    1991 2,017 18 1,999
    1992 1,787 18 1,769
    1993 1,744 17 1,727
    1994 1,629 16 1,613
    1995 1,532 16 1,516
    1996 1,619 12 1,607
    1997 1,472 15 1,457
    1998 1,403 6 1,397
    1999 1,308 9 1,299
    2000 1,256 10 1,246
    2001 1,258 6 1,252
    2002 1,045 7 1,038
    2003 1,092 6 1,086
    2004 1,093 7 1,086
    2005 1,045 5 1,040
    2006 1,008 0 1,008
    2007 991 0 991
    2008 1,053 8 1,045
    2009 818 0 818
    2010 748 0 748
    2011 722 0 722
    2012 616 0 616
    2013 635 0 635
    2014 653 0 653
    2015 595 0 595
    2016 589 0 589

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    Popularity of Jerry as a first name

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    Popularity of Jerry as a last name

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    Common last names for Jerry

    • Smith
    • Johnson
    • Williams
    • Jones
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Miller
    • Wilson
    • Moore
    • Martin
    • Taylor
    • Thomas
    • Jackson
    • Thompson
    • White
    • Anderson
    • Harris
    • Lewis
    • Walker
    • Clark

    Common first names for Jerry

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Jerry U.S.
      White 46.77% 64.26%
      African American 39.60% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.87% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.43% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.50% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.82% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Jerry

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Jerry

    • How Popular is the name Jerry? Jerry is the 91st most popular name of all time. As a last name Jerry was the 11,697th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Jerry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 628,972 babies born with the first name Jerry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jerry to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jerry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 136 new born babies.
    • When was Jerry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jerry is Wednesday, April 10th, 1867.
    • What year had the most people named Jerry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jerry was in 1947 with a total of 18,790 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jerry!
    • Random Jerry Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jerry ranks 23rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 422 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1962.
    • Weird things about the name Jerry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reyrj. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Jerry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,679 people with the last name Jerry.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jerry? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jerry as their last name since less than 1 person in 110k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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.
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