Tarry name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Tarry

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Tar"ry
Consisting of, or covered with, tar; like tar.

Etymology: From Tar (n.)

verb Tar"ry
  1. To stay or remain behind; to wait." Tarry ye for us, until we come again." [Ex. xxiv. 14.]
  2. To delay; to put off going or coming; to loiter."Come down unto me, tarry not." [Gen. xic. 9.]"One tarried here, there hurried one." [Emerson.]
  3. To stay; to abide; to continue; to lodge." Tarry all night, and wash your feet." [Gen. xix. 2.]
    synonyms: To abide; continue; lodge; await; loiter.

Etymology: OE. tarien to irritate (see Tarre); but with a change of sense probably due to confusion with OE. targen to delay, OF. targier, fr. (assumed) LL. tardicare, fr. L. tardare to make slow, to tarry, fr. tardus slow. Cf. Tardy

verb Tar"ry
  1. To delay; to defer; to put off.(Obs)" Tarry us here no longer than to-morrow." [Chaucer.]
  2. To wait for; to stay or stop for.(Archaic)"He that will have a cake out of the wheat must needs tarry the grinding." [Shak.]"He plodded on, . . . tarrying no further question." [Sir W. Scott.]
noun Tar"ry
Stay; stop; delay.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Leave slowly and hesitantly
  2. Be about
  3. Having the characteristics of pitch or tar

From Middle English tarien, terien (“to vex, harass, cause to hesitate, delay”), from Old English tirian, tirġan, terġan (“to worry, exasperate, pain, provoke, excite”), from Proto-Germanic *terganą, *targijaną (“to pull, tease, irritate”), from Proto-Indo-European *deregʰ- (“to pull, tug, irritate”). Cognate with Dutch tergen (“to provoke”), German zergen (“to vex, irritate, provoke”), Norwegian Bokmål terge (“to irritate, provoke”), Russian дёргать (djórgatʹ, “to pull, yank, jerk, pluck up”). Compare also Walloon tårdjî (“to be late, to be slow, to wait”).

  1. A sojourn.

From Middle English terrie, equivalent to tar +‎ -y.

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tarry

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tarry

    Ellen Tarry

    She was most active from 1940 to 2008. Ellen was born on September 26th, 1906 in Birmingham, Alabama. She breathed her last breath on September 23rd, 2008.

    Michael Tarry

    Chris Tarry

    Chris Tarry is a musician. He plays Bass guitar. Chris was born on August 24th, 1970 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Bradley H. McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry

    Sasura Hussein Tarry


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tarry U.S.
      White 66.95% 64.26%
      African American 24.88% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.09% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.27% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tarry

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Tarry

  1. How Popular is the name Tarry? Tarry is the 14,731st most popular name of all time. As a last name Tarry was the 23,957th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Tarry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 619 babies born with the first name Tarry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tarry to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Tarry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1940 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  4. When was Tarry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tarry is Friday, July 2nd, 1886.
  5. What year had the most people named Tarry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tarry was in 1968 with a total of 20 babies.
  6. Weird things about the name Tarry: The name spelled backwards is Yrrat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rtray. How do you pronounce that?
  7. How many people have the last name Tarry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,053 people with the last name Tarry.
  8. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tarry? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tarry as their last name since less than 1 person in 278k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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