Kerry (name)

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Region of originIreland
Frequency Comparisons:[1]
Word/nameIrish Gaelic
Meaning"people of Ciar"
Region of originIreland
Other names
Related namesKeri, Kerri, Kerrie

Kerry or Kerri 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.

Notable people with the name[edit]

Acting, presenting, and radio[edit]


  • Kerry Healey (born 1960), former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts



Other fields[edit]


  • Richard John Kerry (1915–2000), American Foreign Service officer and lawyer, son of Frederick A. "Fred" Kerry (born Fritz Kohn, 1873– 1921)
  • Rosemary Forbes Kerry, one of 11 children of James Grant Forbes of the Protestant Forbes family of China and Boston, wife of Richard John Kerry
  • John Kerry, John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943), United States politician and 2004 presidential candidate, son of Richard John Kerry
  • Cameron Kerry, Cameron Forbes Kerry (born September 6, 1950), son of Richard John Kerry, American politician
  • Charles Kerry, Charles Henry Kerry (3 April 1857 – 26 May 1928), photographer
  • Alexandra Kerry, Alexandra Forbes Kerry (born September 5, 1973) is an American filmmaker.
  • Richard Kerry, Richard John Kerry (July 28, 1915 – July 29, 2000)
  • Vanessa Kerry, Vanessa Bradford Kerry (born December 31, 1976), American physician and health care administrator


  1. ^ "Kerry Surname Meaning and Distribution". 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.