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98k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Kerry

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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 10 0 10
1929 14 0 14
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 901 196 705
1948 1,023 273 750
1949 1,321 395 926
1950 1,540 478 1,062
1951 1,670 492 1,178
1952 1,725 556 1,169
1953 1,827 568 1,259
1954 2,242 582 1,660
1955 2,216 615 1,601
1956 2,321 741 1,580
1957 2,560 813 1,747
1958 2,247 807 1,440
1959 2,493 790 1,703
1960 3,126 953 2,173
1961 3,067 1,040 2,027
1962 2,988 1,089 1,899
1963 2,886 1,164 1,722
1964 2,747 1,179 1,568
1965 2,396 921 1,475
1966 2,273 1,032 1,241
1967 2,381 1,257 1,124
1968 2,823 1,738 1,085
1969 2,830 1,853 977
1970 2,800 1,833 967
1971 3,087 2,207 880
1972 2,643 1,908 735
1973 2,556 1,875 681
1974 2,439 1,730 709
1975 2,324 1,678 646
1976 2,033 1,450 583
1977 1,838 1,298 540
1978 1,617 1,154 463
1979 1,456 994 462
1980 1,432 1,000 432
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 1,178 697 481
1987 1,078 669 409
1988 1,019 598 421
1989 968 560 408
1990 957 555 402
1991 891 477 414
1992 726 438 288
1993 668 372 296
1994 574 339 235
1995 503 297 206
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

Fun Facts about the name Kerry

  • How many people with the first name Kerry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 97,958 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 2,207 babies. That's a lot of babies named Kerry!
  • Random Kerry Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kerry ranks 72nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in New Hampshire. Imagine that, 15 babies in New Hampshire have the same name as you in 1974.
  • 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 Ykrer. 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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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

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  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Hill

Common first names for Kerry

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Kerry" mean? The list below shows the origins of Kerry as well as things modernly associated with the name Kerry such as celebrities named Kerry.

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Kerry

The name "Kerry" is 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.

  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.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1994 to present. Kerry was born in 1977 as Kerry Marisa Washington in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry was born in 1959 as Mary Kerry Kennedy in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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Kerry Wood

Kerry Wood is a MLB player. Kerry was born in 1977 in Irving, Texas.

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Kerry Kittles

Kerry Kittles is a basketball biography. Kerry was born in 1974 in Dayton, Ohio.

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Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona is a singer, television and media personality, author, presenter specializing in ghostwritten music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1998 to 2001. Kerry was born in 1980 as Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Katona in Warrington, Cheshire, England.

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Kerry Condon

Kerry Condon is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1999 to present. Kerry was born in 1983 in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Kerry

Kerry Bishe
Kerry Cuba
Kerry Donley
Kerry Iran
Kerry Ingram
Kerry King
Kerry Rhodes

Notable Persons With the Last Name Kerry

John Kerry

John Kerry is an officeholder. John was born in 1943 as John Forbes Kerry in Aurora, Colorado, U.S.

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Alexandra Kerry

Alexandra Kerry is a filmmaker. Alexandra was born in 1973 as Alexandra Forbes Kerry in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Vanessa Kerry

Vanessa Kerry is a chief executive officer at seed global health, staff at massachusetts general hospital, and affiliated faculty at harvard medical school. Vanessa was born in 1976 as Vanessa Bradford Kerry in Boston, Massachusetts.

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What does the name Kerry mean?

Kis for kid, the child within.

Eis for eager, let's get started!

Ris for rock star, let it out!

Ris for radiant, it's your personality!

Yis for yearn, your innermost desires.

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