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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Terry Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Terry occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Terry's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Terry family was Carpenter. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Terry.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    6%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Carpenter

    1%

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Terry Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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