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Actually Cheryl was in use at least a couple of decades before the 1920s. The first famous person to have the name was the Broadway producer Cheryl Crawford, who was born in 1902. All of the information I have on her so far gives her name matter of factly and so I don't think it was a stage name she invented after she became an adult:
http://www3.uakron.edu/schlcomm/womenshistory/crawford_c.htm
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-- clevelandkentevans  8/6/2005
A bearer of this name is Cheryl Cole/Tweedy, a member of the girl band Girls Aloud.
-- Surreal  10/21/2006
Actually this name is older than the 1900's, though not widely used. It is the feminine form of the name, Charles, which can mean "manly", thus Cheryl means "womanly". It is actually more Saxon or Germanic than French.
-- cherylzhao  1/4/2007
Cheryl Hardy is an Italo Disco singer of the mid 80s.
-- audreyhubley  6/15/2007
The name Cheryl first featured in the top 1,000 for girls in the United States in the 1930s (607th position), and rose from there to a peak in 1950 (19th position), after which it gradually declined in popularity, falling out of the top 1,000 again at the end of the 1990s. If Cheryl Crawford's real first name was nothing other than Cheryl, then she would have been WAY ahead of her time!
-- freeserve.co.uk  10/7/2007
I always start thinking of Chevy trucks when I read this name, besides it sounds like a bleach-blonde middle-aged woman from the south. Maybe it's that Chevrolet analogy.
-- jolidanstitre  12/27/2007
Cheryl Mason was the seven-year-old daughter of protagonist Harry Mason in the game "Silent Hill". She becomes separated from her father at the beginning of the game, and the events that follow are from his attempts to find her.
-- FMRadio  8/24/2008
That's weird, in the movie version of Silent Hill the little girl is named Sharon and it's her mother, not her father. I prefer Sharon, Cheryl is sort of like the name Madison in this generation: it became really popular all of a sudden, it got so common people felt the need to make up their own kre8tiv spellings, and within 20 years it died down. Hopefully, the whole Madison trend will go the same direction.
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2013
Cheryl means beloved.
-- rachypiesheepbaa  8/31/2008
I'm Cheryl. My mother apparently named me after a college friend. Sorry to have to date myself in order to contribute to the history of the name, but I was born in 1968. I've been told it is an east-coast name. My mother is from Pennsylvania.

I've never personally known anyone else with the name Cheryl. Some famous Cheryls are Cheryl Tiegs and Cheryl Ladd, both popular during the '70s.
-- WildBanshee  9/8/2008
Courtney Thorne Smith plays Cheryl in the sitcom According to Jim. Cheryl is the name of the wife of Jim, playing by James Belushi. It's a very funny show!
-- Kaat5  9/28/2008
Really dated to me.
-- Mondays Child  11/9/2008
My sister's name is Cheryl Anne. She was named by our father, after a famous fishing boat off the Carolina shore. It was used in a movie, I believe, and caught on fire. Hot name I guess! ha ha-- she was born in 1979.
-- Breanasmom  11/10/2008
Cheryl Burke is one of the professional ballroom dancers on "Dancing With the Stars". She has won twice, with celebrity partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. Her partner this past season was Olympic sprinter Maurice Greene.
-- elizabeth hamlet  12/15/2008
Cheryl Blossom is a fictional character in the Archie Comics universe. She was originally introduced as a third, redheaded love interest for Archie to compliment sweet, girl next door blonde Betty and spoilt, rich bitch brunette Veronica. However, many of Cheryl's personality traits resemble Veronica more than being a compromise of the two. Cheryl disappeared from the comics shortly after her introduction as she was deemed too sexual for a children's comic book. However, Cheryl made an illustrious return in the 1994 "Love Showdown" series where Archie chooses neither Betty or Veronica and ends up with Cheryl.
-- JoReia  7/29/2009
In my opinion Cheryl sounds like a grandmas name. It also reminds me of the singer Cher who is quite old as well. I would not name my child this.
-- Anonymous User  11/18/2009
Cheryl was the name of the girl in the book "Hey Nostradamus" by Douglas Coupland. She was killed in the school shooting at Delbrook Senior Secondary. The first part of the book is told by her.
-- JaneTo  5/23/2010
I feel indifferent to the name Cheryl, but I guess it's quite pretty.
-- starz26  2/24/2011
Cheryl Norton is the real name of '80s R&B singer Cherrelle.
-- Anonymous User  4/17/2011
My aunt's name is Cheryl, and like the Cheryl who posted earlier, she was born in 1968. However, unlike the other Cheryl, we're all from Chicago, so I wouldn't really call this an "east coast" name. While I couldn't picture my crazy aunt with any other name, I have to say that I'm fairly indifferent to the name by itself. It's not terrible, but it doesn't really do anything for me.
-- erb816  8/7/2011
Cheryl is a lovely name for a girl. It sounds really sweet and feminine. My daughter is called Cheryl and she is 2 years old and I do not think it sounds old fashioned like some people make it out to be. It is a very classy and beautiful name that can get shortened to 'Cher' or 'Cherie' which I really like.
-- Kimberley  8/13/2011
I am a Cheryl, in fact I share both first and last names with the female basketball player which a couple of you mentioned on here already. I was born in 1980 in Richmond, Va. Something I am a little surprised to see has not been pointed out by anyone else yet is how in some parts of the South (including Richmond, Va) people pronounce the name like SURE-UL with most of the emphasis placed on the SHH - ERR - part at the beginning (think like the same way people say shiver, only in this case it has an "r" where the "v" is). Pronounced this way it changes everything about the word really.
-- CherylMorrisWalder  9/8/2011
This name sounds really white trash to me. Probably because the one women I know with this name is a chain smoker who works at a junk yard and lives in a trailer park. Age is late 50s, so it sounds a bit dated as well.

The spelling looks off to me, and the sounded is kind of rough. The names 'Michelle' and 'Siobhan' have the 'sh' sound but are... softer to me. Cheryl sounds like a type of rock.
-- Anonymous User  10/4/2011
I'm Cheryl Ann, born in 1980. My mother said that there was a TV show many years ago with a tug boat named the Cheryl Ann, and she always knew that's what she would name a girl if she had one. I have to love the name just because she gave it to me, but gotta admit I don't like the sound of it much, the "shh" sound at the beginning is not good for a girl, and the the "ull" sound at the end is not feminine. I love in the south too, and lots of people pronounce it 'shurull', which is awful. If you say it like "shairul", it's a little better. Combine this with the fact that no one seems to know how to spell it. I've seen people incorrectly write 'Cherly' my whole life, and why, I don't know. Take it from me, don't do this to your kid.
-- coupleofbridges  7/17/2012
Cheryl is an okay name, I just don't see anything that great about it... but I don't see anything too bad about it either. (I just wouldn't wanna be named Cheryl).
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2013
Actually I have met a couple of older bearers of this name in the South who pronounce the first syllable the same as the word "chair."
-- clevelandkentevans  5/7/2013
Now considered quite dated in the US, the name Cheryl has long since fallen out of the top 1000. It's still in use though, being given to 72 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
From what I understand, the name Cheryl has two possible origins. One could be it's a feminized spelling of the male name Ceorl which is the Anglo-Saxon version of Charles. This would mean Cheryl is a name much in the same vein as Charlotte, Carly, Caroline, Carla and so on.

The second, and IMO more likely origin is that Cheryl is a variant of Cherie which in turn is the French version of the Italian name Cara which means Darling. There is also the very similar Welsh name Carys.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2013

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