Kerry Name Meaning & Origin

Kerry

Pronunciation: KEHR-ee (key)

Origin of the name Kerry:

Transferred use of an Irish place-name, which is now in common use as a girl’s given name. Alternatively, Kerry is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ciardha (black-haired one).

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Comments and insights on the name Kerry: | Edit

Sounds like the more traditional name Carrie so that can cause confusion. Some people insist that there is a difference in how they're pronounced - but most people say them the same.

Kerry - rhymes with Berry

Carrie - rhymes with Carry

Kerry and Ryker are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Kerry: | Edit

My name is Kerry, and let me tell you, I love my name, but it's a pain in the butt. No one can ever spell my name correctly (Carrie, Cari, Cary, Kery, Keri, Kerri, Kerrih, Kary, Kari, Karri) Also, for some reason people think they are being clever when they say "Kerry, can you CARRY this for me?" and then laughs like they made some hilarious joke. Like please never do this to someone named Kerry, it's really annoying. Also some people pronounce it like the word curry?? Oh and don't get me started on how people think my name is Karen.

I’m a mid 60 ‘s baby and never considered if I liked or disliked my name until into my forties. I sometimes used to think it is a silly name, but there is no better name for me. I really like the meaning.
Growing up I’d get Kerry Cherry, Kez or Kezza. Sometimes even Kezzy I’d like to eventually be call Grandma Kez by my future grandchildren. The spelling of my name once considered the male form I quite like. So glad I’m not a Kerri or Kerrie. I do like the y at the end of my name.

Nicknames for Kerry: | Edit

Carebear
Ker
Kez
Kezza
Kezzy
Mango
Bear

Meanings and history of the name Kerry: | Edit

Can be a place name, for the Irish county of Kerry.
Its Celtic/Irish meaning is 'Dark Princess'.
In Gujarati the word 'Kerry' is used for'Mango',so therefore it can be given as a Gujarati modern name, as fruit names are quite modern.
It can also be given as an Indian name meaning 'Dark one'. http://www.hiren.info/indian-baby-names/Girl/K

Famous real-life people named Kerry: | Edit

Kerry Ellis, British stage actress, most famous for originating the role of Meat in 'We Will Rock You' (London) and playing Elphaba in 'Wicked' (London, Broadway).
Mary Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, always called Kerry.
Kerry Katona, English singer, actress, and columnist; former member of the group Atomic Kitten.
Kerry Washington, American actress.

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