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Terry

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519k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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87k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Terry

"Terry" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Terence or Theresa". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ter"ry
A kind of heavy colored fabric, either all silk, or silk and worsted, or silk and cotton, often called terry velvet, used for upholstery and trimmings.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A pile fabric (usually cotton) with uncut loops on both sides; used to make bath towels and bath robes
  2. English actress (1847-1928)
Wiktionary
  1. A patronymic surname​ from the medieval Norman given name Thierry, a cognate of the English Derek.
  2. A male given name transferred back from the surname, or a diminutive of Terence or of any of its alternative forms.
  3. A male given name derived from the Latin for the third ("tertius") given to a third child or a child whose name has the suffix III.
  4. A female given name, diminutive of Teresa or any of its alternative forms.
  5. Any of several towns in the United States.

Notable Persons Named Terry

Hulk Hogan is a professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur, musician, and professional wrestling. He was most active from 1976 to 1976. Hulk was given the name Terry Gene Bollea on August 11th, 1953 in Augusta, Georgia, United States.

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Terry Crews is an actor, painter, sketch artist, football player, painting, and sketch (drawing). He was most prominent from 1991 to 1991. Terry was given the name Terry Alan Crews on July 30th, 1968 in Flint, Michigan, U.S.

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Terry Melcher was a rock music and pop music record producer, session musician, and songwriter. Terry was given the name Terrence P. Jorden on February 8th, 1942 in New York City, New York, U.S. Terry is also known as Terry Day. He died on November 19th, 2004.

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Teri Garr is an actress, dancer, and comedienne. Her career lasted from 1963 to 2007. Teri was given the name Terry Ann Garr on December 11th, 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.

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Terry Gilliam is an actor, animator, comedian, director, producer, and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Terry was given the name Terrence Vance Gilliam on November 22nd, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

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Sir Terry Pratchett was a comic fantasy writer. Terry was given the name Terence David John Pratchett on April 28th, 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England. He died on March 12th, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Terry

John George Terry is a soccer player for the Chelsea F.C., Senrab F.C., West Ham United F.C., Nottingham Forest F.C., England national under-21 football team, and England national football team. John was born on December 7th, 1980 in Barking, London, England.

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Jason Terry is a basketball player for the Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets in the National Basketball Association. He was most active from 1999 to present. Jason was born on September 15th, 1977 in Seattle.

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Nigel Terry was an actor. He was most prominent from 1967 to 2010. Nigel was given the name Peter Nigel Terry on August 15th, 1945 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. He left this life on April 30th, 2015.

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John Terry is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. John was born on January 25th, 1950 in United States.

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Rob was born on December 23rd, 1980 in Swansea. Rob is also known as Big Rob.

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Michael Grant Terry is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Michael was born Michael Grant Terry on August 30th, 1984 in Philadelphia.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 10 0 10
1882 7 0 7
1883 10 0 10
1884 10 0 10
1885 9 0 9
1886 12 0 12
1887 16 0 16
1888 15 0 15
1889 9 0 9
1890 12 0 12
1891 5 0 5
1892 19 7 12
1893 8 0 8
1894 12 0 12
1895 13 0 13
1896 20 0 20
1897 15 0 15
1898 14 0 14
1899 7 0 7
1900 21 0 21
1901 13 0 13
1902 18 0 18
1903 24 6 18
1904 18 0 18
1905 24 9 15
1906 23 10 13
1907 31 11 20
1908 29 6 23
1909 38 11 27
1910 46 16 30
1911 45 16 29
1912 66 17 49
1913 93 24 69
1914 95 37 58
1915 137 32 105
1916 116 31 85
1917 138 46 92
1918 154 54 100
1919 149 55 94
1920 196 54 142
1921 219 94 125
1922 228 98 130
1923 228 94 134
1924 256 116 140
1925 339 148 191
1926 311 145 166
1927 342 162 180
1928 360 143 217
1929 341 119 222
1930 450 153 297
1931 408 119 289
1932 580 149 431
1933 717 145 572
1934 866 146 720
1935 1,157 196 961
1936 1,493 200 1,293
1937 1,915 232 1,683
1938 2,608 273 2,335 #86 boy name
1939 2,761 315 2,446 #83 boy name
1940 3,351 370 2,981 #73 boy name
1941 4,050 444 3,606 #64 boy name
1942 5,629 818 4,811 #52 boy name
1943 6,656 923 5,733 #49 boy name
1944 6,889 914 5,975 #43 boy name
1945 7,786 951 6,835 #33 boy name
1946 12,594 1,917 10,677 #26 boy name
1947 15,040 2,291 12,749 #26 boy name
1948 14,414 2,282 12,132 #26 boy name
1949 14,247 2,790 11,457 #28 boy name
1950 13,959 2,527 11,432 #30 boy name
1951 15,261 3,041 12,220 #30 boy name
1952 15,477 3,034 12,443 #29 boy name
1953 16,620 3,372 13,248 #30 boy name
1954 20,341 4,789 15,552 #27 boy name
#88 girl name
1955 20,921 5,354 15,567 #28 boy name
#83 girl name
1956 20,323 5,271 15,052 #31 boy name
#91 girl name
1957 20,866 5,261 15,605 #33 boy name
#92 girl name
1958 20,316 5,327 14,989 #33 boy name
#89 girl name
1959 19,760 5,214 14,546 #33 boy name
#95 girl name
1960 18,752 4,842 13,910 #34 boy name
1961 17,549 4,361 13,188 #32 boy name
1962 16,332 4,038 12,294 #34 boy name
1963 15,984 3,522 12,462 #32 boy name
1964 13,772 2,910 10,862 #35 boy name
1965 11,111 2,020 9,091 #40 boy name
1966 10,163 1,709 8,454 #40 boy name
1967 9,279 1,593 7,686 #42 boy name
1968 8,492 1,397 7,095 #48 boy name
1969 7,660 1,244 6,416 #52 boy name
1970 7,303 1,113 6,190 #54 boy name
1971 6,846 986 5,860 #56 boy name
1972 5,520 749 4,771 #62 boy name
1973 5,017 638 4,379 #65 boy name
1974 4,545 518 4,027 #69 boy name
1975 4,463 491 3,972 #67 boy name
1976 4,055 387 3,668 #75 boy name
1977 3,758 315 3,443 #84 boy name
1978 3,364 277 3,087 #91 boy name
1979 3,343 304 3,039 #96 boy name
1980 3,275 293 2,982
1981 3,042 227 2,815
1982 2,998 235 2,763
1983 2,684 215 2,469
1984 2,517 181 2,336
1985 2,554 180 2,374
1986 2,398 147 2,251
1987 2,278 177 2,101
1988 2,220 156 2,064
1989 2,145 142 2,003
1990 2,006 114 1,892
1991 1,830 90 1,740
1992 1,696 101 1,595
1993 1,521 94 1,427
1994 1,293 75 1,218
1995 1,230 55 1,175
1996 1,148 54 1,094
1997 1,105 60 1,045
1998 1,010 65 945
1999 949 44 905
2000 877 30 847
2001 839 36 803
2002 716 30 686
2003 689 22 667
2004 704 49 655
2005 717 25 692
2006 637 24 613
2007 634 26 608
2008 594 15 579
2009 503 23 480
2010 541 21 520
2011 493 18 475
2012 496 17 479
2013 441 15 426
2014 430 9 421
2015 394 8 386
2016 397 11 386

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Popularity of Terry as a first name

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Popularity of Terry as a last name

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Common last names for Terry

  • Smith
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  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • White
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  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Allen
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Terry U.S.
  White 66.28% 64.26%
  African American 27.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Terry

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

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Fun Facts about the name Terry

  • How Popular is the name Terry? Terry is the 123rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Terry was the 361st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Terry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 519,085 babies born with the first name Terry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Terry to occupy the country of Luxembourg with an estimated population of 511,800 (as of December 31, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Terry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Terry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Terry is Monday, March 31st, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Terry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Terry was in 1957 with a total of 15,605 babies. That's a lot of babies named Terry!
  • Random Terry Factoid: According to the 1961 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Terry ranks 34th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oregon. Imagine that, 131 babies in Oregon have the same name as you in 1961.
  • Weird things about the name Terry: Your name in reverse order is Yrret. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rtrye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Terry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 87,000 people with the last name Terry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Terry? Terry was ranked as the 361st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • 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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