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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Kerry mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Kerry

"Kerry" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "From Ciar's People or the county of Kerry". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland.
  2. A surname​ derived from the place name, or from the Middle English given name Kendrick.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname or the place name.
  4. A female given name, originally of Australian usage, also spelled Keri, Kerri and Kerrie.
  5. An animal belonging to a rare breed of dairy cattle, native to Ireland.

Notable Persons Named Kerry

Kerry Washington is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1994. Kerry was given the name Kerry Marisa Washington on January 31st, 1977 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Kerry was given the name Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer by his parent Frank Packer on December 17th, 1937 in Sydney. He died on December 26th, 2005.

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Kerry Kennedy is an activist and writer. Kerry was given the name Mary Kerry Kennedy by her parents Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy on September 8th, 1959 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Kerry Bishe is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2007. Kerry was born on May 1st, 1984 in New Zealand.

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Kerry Katona is a singer, television and media personality, author, and presenter. Kerry was given the name Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Katona on September 6th, 1980 in Warrington.

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Kerry Condon is an actress. She has been prominent since 1999. Kerry was born on January 4th, 1983 in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Kerry

John Kerry is a Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, 68th United States Secretary of State, Chairman of theSenate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of theSenate Small Business Committee, and 66th L. John was born on December 11th, 1943 in Aurora, Colorado.

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Vanessa Kerry is a chief executive officer at seed global health, staff at massachusetts general hospital, affiliated faculty at harvard medical school, massachusetts general hospital, harvard medical school, staff atmassachusetts general hospital, and affiliated faculty at. Vanessa was given the name Vanessa Bradford Kerry by her parents John Kerry and Julia Thorne on December 31st, 1976 in Boston.

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Alexandra Kerry is a filmmaker. Alexandra was given the name Alexandra Forbes Kerry on September 5th, 1973.

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Cameron Kerry is a United States Secretary of Commerce. Cameron was born on September 6th, 1950.

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Margaret Kerry is an actress, motivational speaker, and radio host. She was most prominent from 1933 to present. Margaret was given the name Peggy Lynch on May 11th, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Richard John Kerry was a diplomat and lawyer. Richard was born on July 28th, 1915 in Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S. He left this life on July 29th, 2000.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1920 5 5 0
1921 6 0 6
1922 5 0 5
1923 7 0 7
1924 13 0 13
1925 20 6 14
1926 10 0 10
1927 19 5 14
1928 9 0 9
1929 15 0 15
1930 21 0 21
1931 20 0 20
1932 29 7 22
1933 19 0 19
1934 49 6 43
1935 115 5 110
1936 87 8 79
1937 77 12 65
1938 81 11 70
1939 96 10 86
1940 135 22 113
1941 145 25 120
1942 177 42 135
1943 298 87 211
1944 447 150 297
1945 434 124 310
1946 638 149 489
1947 900 196 704
1948 1,023 273 750
1949 1,322 396 926
1950 1,540 478 1,062
1951 1,673 491 1,182
1952 1,725 556 1,169
1953 1,830 569 1,261
1954 2,244 582 1,662
1955 2,219 615 1,604
1956 2,321 741 1,580
1957 2,558 812 1,746
1958 2,246 806 1,440
1959 2,492 790 1,702
1960 3,127 953 2,174
1961 3,067 1,040 2,027
1962 2,988 1,089 1,899
1963 2,886 1,164 1,722
1964 2,745 1,179 1,566
1965 2,395 921 1,474
1966 2,273 1,032 1,241
1967 2,382 1,258 1,124
1968 2,820 1,735 1,085
1969 2,830 1,853 977
1970 2,800 1,833 967
1971 3,085 2,206 879
1972 2,644 1,910 734
1973 2,554 1,874 680
1974 2,439 1,729 710
1975 2,324 1,678 646
1976 2,033 1,450 583
1977 1,839 1,298 541
1978 1,617 1,154 463
1979 1,456 994 462
1980 1,431 1,000 431
1981 1,356 939 417
1982 1,355 937 418
1983 1,169 786 383
1984 1,242 730 512
1985 1,197 672 525
1986 1,179 698 481
1987 1,078 669 409
1988 1,019 598 421
1989 968 560 408
1990 957 555 402
1991 892 478 414
1992 726 438 288
1993 669 373 296
1994 574 339 235
1995 502 296 206
1996 470 289 181
1997 460 272 188
1998 349 199 150
1999 350 200 150
2000 317 182 135
2001 290 148 142
2002 271 141 130
2003 212 100 112
2004 258 86 172
2005 200 80 120
2006 172 73 99
2007 131 44 87
2008 122 37 85
2009 102 32 70
2010 95 30 65
2011 96 35 61
2012 80 27 53
2013 110 39 71
2014 99 37 62
2015 88 26 62
2016 83 30 53
2017 87 30 57

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Popularity of Kerry as a first name

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Popularity of Kerry as a last name

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Common last names for Kerry

  • Smith
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  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Kerry U.S.
  White 83.50% 64.26%
  African American 10.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.20% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Kerry

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

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Fun Facts about the name Kerry

  • What name lists does Kerry rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Kerry? Kerry is the 651st most popular name of all time. As a last name Kerry was the 14,579th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Kerry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 98,130 babies born with the first name Kerry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kerry to occupy the territory of Jersey (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 97,857 (as of March 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kerry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kerry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kerry is Tuesday, May 12th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Kerry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kerry was in 1971 with a total of 2,206 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kerry!
  • Random Kerry Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kerry ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 11 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Kerry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrek. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Krrey. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Kerry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,043 people with the last name Kerry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Kerry? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Kerry as their last name since less than 1 person in 145k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • 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).
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