Cheryl was a top 20 name for a couple of decades in America. It is a kind-hearted option that translates to “beloved” or “darling.” This wholesome name is not as popular as it once was, however, as it is now just over a top 8,000 option.

Meaning of the name Cheryl:

French: beloved, darling

Origin of the name Cheryl:

Parents only started using the baby name Cheryl in the 1900s. It was a variation of Cherie, which comes from the French word “cherie.” Cherie only became popular in America after the rise of Sherry, a variation of the Irish surname O'Searraigh.

Symbolism of the name Cheryl:

The baby name Cheryl means “beloved” or “darling” because of Cherie. The French word “cherie” that inspired the latter option translate directly to “darling” or “beloved.”

Baby name Cheryl

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Gender of the name Cheryl:

Cheryl is a serious name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Cheryl:


Number of syllables in the name Cheryl:


Emotion evoked from the name Cheryl:

Cheryl is a refined and serious name. It is formal and wholesome.

Alternative spellings for the name Cheryl:

  • Cheril
  • Cherylle
  • Cheryll
  • Cherill
  • Sharyl
  • Sharyll
  • Sharylle
  • Sharil

Nicknames for the name Cheryl:

Popularity of the name Cheryl:

Cheryl became a top 1,000 name in America in 1931 at rank 999. It rose to the top 100, ultimately top 50 lists in 1944 at number 36. The name stayed a top 50 option until 1971 and a top 100 until 1975. The last year that Cheryl was on the Social Security Popularity Index was 1997 when it was number 986.

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Great middle names for Cheryl and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Cheryl:

  • Cheryl Cole (singer)
  • Cheryl Ladd (actress, “Charlie's Angels”)
  • Cheryl Tweedy (singer from Girls Aloud)
  • Cheryl Burke (dancer)
  • Cheryl Hines (actress, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
  • Cheryl Strayed (author)
  • Cheryl Bernard (Olympic curler)
  • Cheryl Studer (operatic soprano)

Cheryls in popular culture:

  • Cheryl Mason (character from “Silent Hill” video game)
  • Cheryl Mabel (character from “According to Jim”)
  • Cheryl Trueland (character from “American Gothic”)
  • Cheryl Blossom (character from “Riverdale”)
  • Cheryl Rollins (character from “Criminal Minds”)