Terry Family History

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Terry Name Meaning

English and Irish: from the common Norman personal name, T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), composed of the unattested Germanic element þeudo- ‘people’, ‘race’ + ric ‘power’. Theodoric was the name of the Ostrogothic leader (c. 454–526) who invaded Italy in 488 and established his capital at Ravenna in 493. His name was often taken as a derivative of Greek Theodoros (see Theodore). There was an Anglo-Norman family of this name in County Cork. Irish: Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh (see Turley). Southern French: occupational name for a potter, from Occitan terrin ‘earthenware vase’ (a diminutive of terre ‘earth’, Latin terra).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Merry, Berry, Ferry, Derry, Troy, Perry, Werry, Terra, Jerry, Torr

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Terry Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Terry name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Terry. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Terry Family Origin

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Terry Family Occupations

What did your Terry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Terry. The most common Terry occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Terry's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Terry family was Carpenter.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Terry ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Terry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 465,000 census records available for the last name Terry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Terry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Terry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 91,000 military records available for the last name Terry. For the veterans among your Terry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Terry Life Expectancy

What is the average Terry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Terry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Terry in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Terry ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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