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Gender Female
Word/name English via Welsh and French
Meaning Dear
Friend and Love
Region of origin English speaking world
Other names
Related names Sheryl (alternate spelling)

Cheryl is a female given name common in English speaking countries.

The name appeared in the early 20th century and was most popular during the early Cold War period. In America it was most popular from the 1940s to early 1980s and in the UK from the 1950s to early 1990s.

There are several prevailing theories about its etymology. The most common is that it has Italo-Celtic roots and is an Anglicised version of either the French name Cherie (from Latin Cara, being "beloved"; see also Carissa (name)) or the Welsh name Carys (a cognate of "Cara"),[1] modelled on names such as Meryl and Beryl that were popular during the early decades of the 20th century.

A less popular theory is that the name is Germanic in origin and is a feminine version of the Germanic male name Charles, which means "free man". An Anglo-Saxon (male) variant of Charles is Ceorl. Feminine variations of Charles include Charlotte, Carly, Carla and Caroline.[2]

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  1. ^ DK Publishing (2010). Baby Names. Dorling Kindersley. p. 19. ISBN 9781405366328. 
  2. ^ Baby name Cheryl with meanings in Astrology,

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