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Proper noun[edit]


  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland.
  2. A surname derived from the place name, or from the Middle English given name Kendrick.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname or the place name.
  4. A female given name, originally of Australian usage, also spelled Keri, Kerri and Kerrie.


  • 1845 Charles James Lever, The O' Donoghue: A Tale of Ireland Fifty Years Ago, W. Curry 1845, page 26:
    Kerry O'Leary - for so was he called to distinguish him from those of the name in the adjoining county - soon made his appearance in the court-yard beneath.
  • 2004 The Bulletin, Australia, "Hustling Hustings", February 25, 2004:
    A ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards with, effectively, four first names, would send the wrong message to the world. Also no candidate has ever been elected president, with a girl's name like "Kerry" for a "surname".

Derived terms[edit]



Kerry (plural Kerries)

  1. An animal belonging to a rare breed of dairy cattle, native to Ireland.