Terry name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Terry

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Florida, U.S., the name Terry means "Powerful ruler of the people or teibe".
  2. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Terry means "Ruler of the people".
  3. A user from New York, U.S. says the name Terry is of German origin and means "Power of tribe".
  4. According to a user from Canada, the name Terry is of English origin and means "Power of the tribe".
  5. 2 people from Florida, U.S. agree the name Terry is of Spanish / English origin and means "Laughing Person".
  6. A user from Louisiana, U.S. says the name Terry means "Polished one. Smooth ruler".
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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)
  1. A patronymic surname​ from the medieval Norman given name Thierry, a cognate of the English Derek.
  2. A male given name from the Germanic languages transferred back from the surname, or a diminutive of Terence or of any of its alternative forms.
  3. A male given name from Latin 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. Place names:
    1. An unincorporated community in Leopold Township, Perry County, Indiana.
    2. A town in Hinds County, Mississippi.
    3. An unincorporated community in St. Clair County, Missouri.
    4. A ghost town in Pemiscot County, Missouri.
    5. A small town, the county seat of Prairie County, Montana.
    6. An unincorporated community in Lawrence County, South Dakota.
    7. An unincorporated community in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

Notable Persons Named Terry

Notable Persons Named Terry

Hulk Hogan

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.

Terry Crews

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.

Terry Melcher

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.

Teri Garr

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.

Terry Gilliam

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.

Sir Terry Pratchett

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.

  • Terry McAuliffe
    Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
  • Terry Bradshaw
    Football Player
  • Terry Jones
  • Terry Fox
  • Sir Terry Wogan
  • Terry Farrell
  • Terry Kath
  • Terry Francona
    Baseball Player
  • Terry O'Quinn
  • Terry Funk
  • Terry Brooks
  • Terry Richardson
    Fashion Photography
  • Terry Goodkind
  • Terry Bozzio

Notable Persons With the Last Name Terry

Notable Persons With the Last Name Terry

John George 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.

Jason Terry

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.

Nigel Terry

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.

John Terry

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

Rob Terry

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

Michael Grant Terry

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.


Common last names for Terry

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Allen
  • Adams
  • Harris

Common first names for Terry

  • James
  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Thomas
  • Helen
  • Willie
  • Joseph
  • Ruth
  • Margaret
  • J
  • Dorothy
  • Henry
  • David
  • Frank
  • Elizabeth
  • Richard

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

  • What name lists does Terry rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Terry? Terry is the 122nd 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 520,129 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 15,607 babies. That's a lot of babies named Terry!
  • Random Terry Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Terry ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 71 babies in Missouri have the same name in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Terry: The name spelled backwards is Yrret. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rytre. 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!
  • Terry name meaning

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