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Boy Name: Kerry

Name: Kerry
Pronunciation: \k(er)-ry\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Kerry's also a girl name)
Meaning: black-haired
Origin: Irish
Sounds Like: Kerr, Gerry, Korry
Variant forms: Kearie, Keary, Kerrey, Kerrie, Kerrigan
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 346
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 14023


Kerry \k(er)-ry\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Kerry), is pronounced KARE-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Kerry is "black-haired". Also the place name of the county in Ireland. Kerrigan is an Irish surname with the same meaning.

Kerry has 5 variant forms: Kearie, Keary, Kerrey, Kerrie and Kerrigan.

Baby names that sound like Kerry are Kerr, Gerry and Korry.


Kerry is a very popular first name for men (#346 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#14023 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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