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Cherry is a name in its own right and/or an abbreviation for names beginning with Cher (commonly Cheryl, Cherilyn, Cherisse). It was more famously used as an abbreviation for 'Charity' in Charles Dickens' novel 'Martin Chuzzlewit' written 1842-1844.
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This name can refer to the cultivated or wild fruit, tree or blossoms.The English word cherry derives from Old Northern French or Norman cherise from the Latin cerasum, referring to an ancient Greek region, Kerasous (Κερασοῦς) near Giresun, Turkey, from which cherries were first thought to be exported to Europe. The indigenous range of the sweet cherry extends through most of Europe, western Asia, and parts of northern Africa, and the fruit has been consumed throughout its range since prehistoric times. A cultivated cherry is recorded as having been brought to Rome by Lucius Licinius Lucullus from northeastern Anatolia, also known as the Pontus region, in 72 BC.
Cherry was originally a British first name and was not directly derived from the French word "cheri(e)", meaning "dear one" as cherie has separate origins, different meanings, pronounciation and spellings, and cheri(e) is almost never a first name in France for boys or girls, but rather a term of endearment for a child or loved one that has been adopted in non-Francophone countries.
- Famous real-life people named Cherry
Cherry Drummond of Megginch (born Jean Cherry Drummond 1928-2005), 16th Baroness Strange, writer and English peer
Cherry Chevapravatdumrong (RTGS: Choe-ri born 1977), American executive producer
Cherry Logan Emerson (1916–2007), American chemist
Cherry Hood (born 1960), Australian artist
Cherry Jones (born 1956), American actress
Cherry Kearton (1871–1940), British photographer
Cherry Marshall (1923-2006), British fashion model and agent
Cherry Smith (1943–2008), American vocalist
Cherry Wainer (1935–2014), South African musician
Cherry Wilder (1930–2002), New Zealand writer
As a surname: Neneh Cherry (born Neneh Mariann Karlsson 1964) Swedish musician.
Frank Iero (b.1981) & Jamia Nestor named one of their twins Cherry Breanne.
- Cherry in song, story & screen
Sherri "Cherry" Valance, character in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Cherry Ames, nurse heroine of a series of young people's books
"Cherry, Cherry", song by Neil Diamond
"Cherry Darling", 2007 film by Quentin Tarantino