Quick Facts on Terrell
- African-American, English, French
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Stubborn (to pull)
Characteristics of Terrell
Etymology & Historical Origin - Terrell
Terrell is the transferred use of an English surname originating as a nickname. Terrell is most likely derived from the Old French “tirel” from the verb “tirer” meaning “to pull’. Tirel was a medieval moniker for an obstinate horse or animal who “pulled” on the reins, and eventually it developed into a human nickname for a stubborn person. Tyrell is the Irish form of this nickname-turned-surname. The English variant, Terrell, was notably born by Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954), an early African-American civil rights activist and one of the first Black women to earn a college degree. Tyrell and Terrell became popular masculine names within the African-American community; perhaps parents are paying homage to this out-spoken turn-of-the-century Black heroine.
Popularity of the Name Terrell
As a masculine given name in the United States, Terrell dates back much farther on the charts than Tyrell (by about 50 years, actually). First appearing in the very early years of the 20th century, Terrell finally grabbed hold of the charts by the 1930s. The name showed moderate popularity and then really took off in the 1970s and 80s when African-Americans adopted the name as a particular favorite (like Tyrell). Consider football great Terrell Owens (born in 1973); or the Denver Bronco’s all-time leading rusher Terrell Davis (b. 1972); or, more recently, 2011’s Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs of the Baltimore Ravens (b. 1982). In fact there are quite a few sports stars that share the name Terrell. Perhaps it’s that “stubborn” nature of theirs to win. Terrell and Tyrell are both great choices, especially for baby boys born under the “stubborn” sun signs of Aries and Taurus.
Popularity of the Boy Name Terrell
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Terrell
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Terrell
Terrell We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Terrell.
Popular Songs on Terrell
Terrell - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Terrell.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Terrell
Little T Learns to Share (Terrell Owens & Courtney Parker) - Young children will learn an important and valuable lesson about sharing through this wonderfully illustrated and fun book written by NFL star Terrell Owens. Little T is a boy who doesn't want to share his new football; he is afraid that his friends might mess it up. When he tries to play by himself, however, he realizes that football isn't any fun alone. Thanks to his mother's good advice, he wins back his friends, and learns the virtue of sharing and the importance of being fair. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Mary Church Terrell: Leader for Equality (Patricia & Fredrick McKissack) - Simple text and illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of this civil rights activist. Mary Church Terrell was one determined woman: born in Tennessee, educated in Ohio, Terrell eventually moved to Washington D.C. where she worked to gain equal rights for herself and other African Americans. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Terrell's Mystic Flute (Billy Davis) - Terrell has problems. He lives in a small old apartment. His mother has to work so hard he hardly gets to see her. His English teacher keeps blaming him for things. Two bullies seem to be able to get away with making his life miserable. Animals follow him wherever he goes. Shadows seem to be watching him and a dragon took his father away. When he finds his father's magical flute hidden under his mother's bed, he begins his journey in a mystical land of elves, ogres, and dragons. His adventures will lead him to find out who he really is and how he can overcome the bullies in both worlds. Recommended for ages uncertain.
Famous People Named Terrell
Famous People Named Terrell - Terrell Owens (football player); Terrell Davis (football player); Terrell Brandon (basketball player); Terrell Buckley (football player); Terrell Phillips (musician); Terrell Suggs (football player); Terrell Thomas (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Terrell
Famous People Who Named Their Son Terrell - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Terrell.
Personality of the Boy Name Terrell
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Terrell