[ 2 syll. jer-ry, je-rry ] The baby boy name Jerry is also used as a girl name, but the use for boys is much more common. It is pronounced as JHEHR-Riy- †. Jerry is used predominantly in the English and German languages, and its origin is Germanic, Latin, Hebrew, and Old Greek.
Jerry is a pet form of the name Gerald (English and German).
Jerry is also a pet form (English and German) of the name Gerard (English, French, and Dutch).
Jerry is also a variant (English) of the name Germain (French and German).
Jerry is also a pet form (English) of the name Jeremiah (English and Hungarian).
Jerry is also a pet form of the name Jeremy (English).
Jerry is also a pet form (English) of the name Jerome (English and French).
See also the related form, Jerrica (English).
Jerry is a classic favorite. Today it is still a fairly popular baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. Its usage peaked in 1941 with 1.340% of baby boys being given the name Jerry. Its ranking then was #14. The baby name has since experienced a steep fall in popularity, and is currently of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.023% and its ranking #601, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Jeremiah and Jeremy, among all boy names in its group. In 2018, Jeremiah's use outnumbered Jerry's by 12 times. In the past century Jerry has predominantly been a baby boy name. In 1967, 68 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Jerry.
† Pronunciation for Jerry: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Jerry:
Actor Jerry Mathers, born 2 June 1948, Sioux City, Iowa.
Author Jerry B. Jenkins, born 23 September 1949, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Clergyman Jerry Falwell, born 11 August 1933 - 15 May 2007, Lynchburg, Virginia.
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld, born 29 April 1954, Brooklyn, New York.
Footballer Jerry Rice, born 13 October 1962, Starkville, Mississippi.
Guitarist Jerry Garcia, born Jerome John Garcia, 1 August 1942 - 9 August 1995, San Francisco, California.
Politician Jerry Brown, born Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr., 7 April 1938, San Francisco, California.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, born 21 September 1945, Detroit, Michigan.
TV Personality Jerry Springer, born 13 February 1944, London, England.