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Etymology & Historical Origin - Jerry
Jerry is most commonly thought of as a short form of Gerald, however, it could also be considered the diminutive of Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerome or Jermaine (or any name that starts with the same “Jer-“ sound for that matter). Therefore, the name’s meaning is dependent upon which of the many traditional names the parent has in mind when selecting Jerry as an independently given name. For instance, Gerald comes from Germanic words meaning ‘rule of the spear.’ Jeremiah and Jeremy are Hebrew names meaning ‘appointed by God’ and Jerome is Greek for ‘sacred name’. Lastly, Jermaine is derived from an old Latin nickname (Germanus) meaning ‘brother’. As a stand-alone given name, Jerry is mainly used in the United States. It has also had a history of being a unisex name, such as Texan supermodel and former wife of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall.
Popularity of the Name Jerry
Jerry has been used as an independently given name for well over 100 years in the United States. Not only that, but Jerry has been a relatively popular choice as a stand-alone name not necessarily connected to Gerald or Jerome or any other name. Furthermore, during the 1930s, 40s and 50s, it wasn’t unusual for parents to bestow this simple, androgynous name upon their little girls either. Today, however, Jerry is back to being a mainly masculine name. The height of this name’s popularity came between the 1930s and 1960s, when for 40 straight years, Jerry was a Top 50 most popular choice for boys (during the 1940s, he was a Top 20 name). In fact, it was the 1940s when Jerry Mouse was created by Hanna-Barbera as the delightfully confident little house mouse who was quite capable of besting his rival Tom Cat in the cartoon series “Tom & Jerry”. Jerry (like Larry, Donald and Dennis) is a distinctly mid-century name. They take us back to the day when fathers went off to work and mothers stayed home and baked cookies while the children played Kick-the-Can on tree-lined streets. In other words, Jerry feels a little outdated for youngsters of today; simpler nicknames and pet forms have taken his place (Alex, Sam, Ben, Jack). Jerry sounds better when paired with the right middle name, such as Jerry Lee Lewis or Jerry Lee Rice (Jerry Ray sounds nice, too).
Popularity of the Boy Name Jerry
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jerry
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jerry
Jerry We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jerry.
Popular Songs on Jerry
A Casa Di Jerry - a song by Alexia
Did You Hear About Jerry - a song by Harry Belafonte
Jerry - a song by Harry Belafonte
Jerry - a song by John Mellencamp
Jerry - a song by Mustard Plug
Jerry - a song by Sonya Kitchell
Jerry Jermaine - a song by Virginia Coalition
Jerry Rules in the Land of the Free - a song by Heideroosjes
Jerry Springer - a song by Weird Al Yankovic
Jerry Was a Racecar Driver - a song by Primus
Jerry Was There - a song by Kula Shaker
Jerry, Stand Up - a song by Something For Kate
Set the Ray to Jerry - a song by Smashing Pumpkins
The Other Jerry Jeff - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jerry
The Chocolate War (Robert Cormier) - The Chocolate War is a young adult novel by American author Robert Cormier. First published in 1974, it was adapted into a film in 1988. Although it received mixed reviews at the time of its publication, some reviewers have argued it is one of the best young adult novels of all time. Set at the fictional Trinity High School, the story follows protagonist Jerry Renault as he challenges the school's cruel, brutal, and ugly mob rule. Because of the novel's language, the concept of a high school's secret society using intimidation to enforce the cultural norms of the school, and the protagonist's sexual ponderings, it has been the frequent target of censors and appears at number three on the American Library Association's list of the "Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2009." The sequel to The Chocolate War, Beyond the Chocolate War, was published in May 1985. (Wikipedia Review). Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Jerry
Famous People Named Jerry - Jerome “Jerry” Seinfeld (comedian/actor); Jerome “Jerry” Garcia (musician); Jerry Rice (football player); Jerry Hall (supermodel); Gerald “Jerry” Springer (TV personality); Jerry Cantrell (musician); Jerry Lee Lewis (musician); Jerry Van Dyke (actor); Jerome “Jerry” Orbach (actor); Jerry Falwell (religious); Jeremiah “Jerry” O'Connell (actor); Jerry Lewis (comedian/actor); Gerald “Jerry” Mathers (child actor); Gerald “Jerry” Stiller (actor); Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown (politician); Jerry Lucas (basketball player); Jerry West (basketball player)
Children of Famous People Named Jerry
Famous People Who Named Their Son Jerry - Jerry Lee Lewis (musician)
Personality of the Boy Name Jerry
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jerry