Kerry (name)

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Kerry
Family name
Region of origin Irish-British Isles
Language(s) of origin Irish
Footnotes: Frequency Comparisons: [1]
Kerry
Pronunciation KER-ee
Gender Unisex
Origin
Word/name Irish Gaelic
Meaning "people of Ciar"
Region of origin Irish-British Isles
Other names
Related names Keri, Kerri, Kerrie

Kerry (alternatively Kerri; English pronunciation: /'kɛ.ɹi/) is both a masculine and feminine English language given name of Gaelic (Irish) origin.

In its original form Ciarraighe (Ciarraí), it denoted the people of Ciar (ciar-raighe), Ciar being the son of Fergus mac Róich,[2] who gave his name to County Kerry.[3] Ciarraighe was thus the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in the area of what is now County Kerry. However branches of the Ciarraighe were all over Ireland:

Kerry is also a common surname and as such is of Welsh origin, though sometimes spelled Ceri. However, Ceri (pronounced Kerry) is more commonly in Wales a first name, either masculine or feminine.

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  1. ^ "Kerry Surname Meaning and Distribution". forebears.co.uk.  Retrieved 25 January 2014
  2. ^ "RootsWeb". County Kerry. Retrieved 12 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Live views from Ireland: Kerry". The Irish Times. Retrieved 7 March 2009.