Gender: Female Meaning of Cheryl: "darling" Origin of Cheryl: Modern invented name, variation of Cherie, French

The name Cheryl is a girl's name of French origin meaning "darling". Cheryl and is often added to lists like Most Common Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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As frozen in the pre-Beatles era as short white gloves.

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Cheryl Boone McCloy Says:


I don't understand the negativity regarding this name. I am Cheryl and I think it is a very feminine name. I don't think it sounds as "dated" as some other names. One lovely thing about it is not everyone has this name. There are many names that are just so overdone. JMHO. Oh and my nickname is Sherry.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Cheryl and Sheryl are both nice enough. They sound somewhat dated right now, but might come back into style. The descriptions on this site are kind of unfair.

Bobcat108 Says:


I enjoyed seeing how someone views the names...but as a Sheryl/Sherry I don't fit either of your descriptions. Amusing though!

cyoung325 Says:


Wow, that's extremely uncalled for. You may dislike the name but no need to be rude about it.

snowsbeloved Says:


Very very dated...

MonaBerry Says:


Because you're really, really not worth it if you're even considering calling your child this.

Zelliew Says:


It may be popular but I like it

headintheclouds Says:


In my opinion, there is a world of difference with Cheryl and Sheryl. Sheryl is the soccer mom/baby boomer/Southern country singer, while Cheryl in my mind is a millennial nicknamed Cherry, focused on working her way up the corporate ladder and figuring out her adult life, while dodging mom Sheryl's inquiries about when she's going to start settling down and having babies. I personally prefer Cheryl better as a name, it looks somehow more "legit" and less "made-up" to me, and sounds bright and lively, if rather dated (though less so than Sheryl). I detest any other variations of the name, of which there are very, very many.

ShannonLim Says:


I know too many people with this name or with variations of this name. But still, its a lovely name.