Discover the origin and meaning of the name English name Cheryl.

Meaning of the name Cheryl

The name Cheryl is a girl’s name meaning dear one or darling. People with this name are usually competent people and can obtain great success in their lives. It is believed Cheryl meaning “dear or darling” originated from either a Welsh name Cerys or the French Cherie meaning beloved.


The 2012 rankings released by the Office for National Statistics do not have the popularity of Cheryl among the 100 most popular girls’ names in England. It was most popular in the UK from the 1950’s to the beginning 1990’s, which could be attributed to Cheryl meaning “dear, darling or beloved”. However, popularity of Cheryl in the past is not in question.

Famous people

Start the list with Cheryl Cole, a member of Girls Aloud, a popular girl band that has 4 number 1 singles and 20 singles in the top-10 since Cheryl joined the group. Another popular icon is, Cheryl Baker the Australian Soprano Opera singer. Next is Cheryl Kennedy, an English actress who appeared in When the Bough Breaks. Then there is Cheryl Gillan, British member of parliament and from 2010-2012 she was the Secretary of State in Wales.


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