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Terry Name Meaning

English and Irish: from the common Norman personal name, T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), composed of the unattested Germanic element þeudo- ‘people’, ‘race’ + ric ‘power’. Theodoric was the name of the Ostrogothic leader (c. 454–526) who invaded Italy in 488 and established his capital at Ravenna in 493. His name was often taken as a derivative of Greek Theodoros (see Theodore). There was an Anglo-Norman family of this name in County Cork. Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh (see Turley). Southern French: occupational name for a potter, from Occitan terrin ‘earthenware vase’ (a diminutive of terre ‘earth’, Latin terra).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Merry, Berry, Ferry, Derry, Troy, Perry, Werry, Terra, Jerry, Torr

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Where is the Terry family from?

You can see how Terry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Terry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Terry families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 293 Terry families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Terry's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Terry families in 1840.
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What did your Terry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Terry. 19% of Terry men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Terry women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Terry were Truck Driver and Cook.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    8%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Terry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Terry. For the veterans among your Terry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Terry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Terry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Terry in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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