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Subject: Re: origins of "Cheryl"
Author: chazda   (Authenticated as chazda)
Date: October 3, 2004 at 2:39:19 AM
Reply to: origins of "Cheryl" by macgrub
My trusty name dictionary says Cheryl is a "development" of Cherry, influenced by Beryl which was popular in the 1920s (when Cheryl was first used). It was originally pronounced with a hard Ch, but then French Cherie and its phonetic form Sherry became popular (30s or so).. and by the 40s Sheryl appeared -- maybe because some bearers of Cheryl said it with a Sh.

So Cheryl's sort of an English-language combo of Cherry, Beryl, and French Cherie / English Sherry.

My dictionary author usually notes famous bearers in his entries, but none are mentioned for Cheryl.

- chazda

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