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The first name 

Cheryl is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

When two girls called Cheryl meet...

… it’s a special occasion. That’s because the name Cheryl is quite rare in the US. While it’s still a name in use, lately, only approximately 3 out of 100,000 girls have been named Cheryl. In the SmartGenius ranking, Cheryl is #2,754 on the list of most common girls names. In total, there are currently 433,852 people – children, adults and seniors – named Cheryl living in the United States, which is approximately 0.13 % of the entire population.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

Cheryl -
classic and modern at the same time

Who would have thought it? After many years of not appearing at all in the SmartGenius statistics, Cheryl reached its highest rank ever in the year 1958 at #13. In other words: 24,178 newborn girls were named Cheryl that year. Since then, it has been considered to be a universally popular name, chosen by a large number of happy parents every year. Although the times of its highest popularity are now many decades ago, Cheryl is still going strong and has not been forgotten yet. We can only wait and see if there will be a new surprise in store and if Cheryl will be able to top its all-time best ranking ever again.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Cheryl was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Cheryl - a popular player in the midfield

In 2022, Cheryl ranked 3,129 in our SmartGenius statistics. In absolute figures, this means it was given to baby girls a total of 44 times. No one knows what names (or combinations of numbers and letters) will be popular 50 years from now, but given its consistent popularity, there is a good chance that Cheryl will remain a universally popular name.

Cheryl -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Rhode Island

There are only 537 different women’s names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Cheryl is one of them. However, Cheryl is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Rhode Island seem to particularly fancy this name – the 3,390 women called Cheryl who live here are 0,607% of all female residents and push their name up to #31, easily placing it in the top 100 most common female names in Rhode Island.

Cheryl has 6 letters 
and begins with a C

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter C is a frequent initial letter for girls' names. This is because 6.0% of all common girls’ names in the US begin with this letter. The most common first letters of girls' names, by the way, are A, S and M.

With six letters, the name Cheryl is of average length. In fact, 28% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly six letters. 24% of all first names are shorter, while 48% have seven letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that with 6.0% of all girls' names that begin with a C, this first letter is much more common than the average of all letters. And which girls’ name beginning with C do you think is the most common in the US? The answer is... Carol.

Other names with 
C, h, e, r, y and l

If you take all the letters in the name Cheryl – C, h, e, r, y and l – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Cherly or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Cheryl

If your name is Cheryl and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Cheryl

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Cheryl, you can simply say:







This is how the name Cheryl is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Cheryl in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Cheryl

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Cheryl is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Cheryl

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Cheryl sounds like this: