What Is My Name? We Have A Winner!

by Sherry Riter in Giveaway,Giveaway Winner,Sherry

I’m sorry I had to interrupt the heart gripping story of my friend Sophia when there are only two more postings, but remember the contest with $100 worth of prizes for the person who could guess my name? Well, it officially is over and we have a winner!

My name is…

neon Sherry

My mother was reading a book in the 9th grade. There was a French girl in the book with my name (spelled Chéri) and she decided that some day that would be the name of her child. Unfortunately, nurses who lived in the farming community back then had no idea how to spell a French name. My mother and father, both very young, didn’t notice that my name was “misspelled” on my birth certificate until they enrolled me in first grade! That still cracks me up! Even funnier is that it still makes my mom mad that they misspelled it!

Here is a little about my name…
animated Sherry
Sherry written in Korean1959 – Mattel introduces the Barbie doll; other nickname names like Lori, Cindy, Sherry and Terri are hot (woohoo).

1960s and 70s – peppy cheerleader name (that’s the closest I ever got to being anything like a cheerleader!)

2009– considered dowdy and old-fashioned. (that’s just lovely, huh?).

Origin – Alternatively, Sherry can be a reworking of the French chérie (darling, dear or cherished) and means (beloved) in Hebrew.

It takes at least four generations for names to sound appealing again for babies, so it will be a while before Sherry becomes “hip” again.

Sherry name graph
Sherry glasses

Sherry wine
The official Sherry wine site

Sherry vinegar

Sherry Couture

A whole bunch of songs with Sherry…

dancing Sherry

Here’s a fun place to go look up your name…

The Baby Name Wizard

So who guessed my name and won?


Congratulations Teresha!

Be honest everyone…had you heard all those Sherry songs? Needless to say, I have always loved Frankie Valli and he can STILL hit those notes!

Have a great day!

The Redhead Riter a.k.a. Sherry

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Anonymous November 14, 2009 at 6:37 am

Hi Beautiful, I will be the first to comment today. I am still mad at those nurses,lol. I still think it is so beautiful, just like you. I do not think your dad still knows how to spell it, what does he know !!!! He gave me up.lol


2 PictureGirl November 14, 2009 at 7:04 am

I've heard several of those songs. I have always liked the name Sherry.

That's funny how your folks didn't see that your name had been spelled wrong.

Until I was 16 and saw my birth cerificate for the first time I thought my middle name was spelled Jean. All those years and Mom didn't correct me once. My middle name was suppose to be a version of my Dad's middle name and was suppose to be spelled like his, 'Gene', but the hospital put it on the birth cert. application as 'Gean'.



3 KK November 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

Oh that is perfect. I love your name 🙂


4 When did I become my Mom November 14, 2009 at 11:56 am

Nice to meet you Sherry!
And congrats to Teresha!


5 Tammy Howard November 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Please to meet you, Miss Sherry!


6 Six Feet Under Blog November 14, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Why hello, Sherry! lol. Congrats to the winner!


7 The Redhead Riter November 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Thank you all!

Mom, you are right about Dad. He sent me a letter the other day and spelled my name "Sherrie" on the outside and "Sherri" on the inside. I guess he is trying to hit all the bases!


8 Judy Harper November 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Great name, but can I still call you "Red"? While Sherry is a beautiful name and I've heard all the songs as well, "Red" seems to fit too. Of course, I was so sure it is Reba. LOL


9 The Redhead Riter November 14, 2009 at 4:22 pm

LOL Yes, you can call me Red!


10 Diane November 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm

cool post!!!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!


11 Tracy November 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Too funny that your folks didn't notice the mis spell until you started school!


12 ? Teresa ? November 15, 2009 at 4:06 am

Oh, I missed this. :0( I really did know it! However, I think I saw someone call you Rita the other day??????

Teresa <><


13 Gamma Sharon November 17, 2009 at 5:49 am

I have wondered what your name is… Lol
Sherry or Cheri is a beautiful name, very close to mine and was one of my nicknames.


14 One Cluttered Brain November 21, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Wow! Maybe I should have guessed then. My mom was name Sherry. Except she spells it Sherrie. Ahh well. I got busy writing my novel. 🙂


15 Jennifer M. February 7, 2010 at 6:31 am

LOL! Nice to finally put a name to your face. Nice to meet you Sherry!


16 Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents February 7, 2010 at 7:09 am

What a beautiful name Sherry! Now I finally know it! I remember many of those songs!
I see my name was sorta popular back in the 50s, until I changed Cindy to Cindi in 7th grade!


17 Sherry - Family Tree Writer April 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Thanks for visiting my blog today! And I loved your blog post on how you got your name and the spelling!

It has inspired a blog post for how I got my Sherry name as well, and I think you will like it, too!

I'll get back with you when I write it!

GREAT post! So much I didn't know about my own name! I stopped with the "Darling" French meaning, loved the Hebrew "beloved" meaning, and had NO idea my name was now so very un-hip!



18 Tashmica August 8, 2010 at 2:08 am

Tashmica. I have never found it anywhere else. Good to know I will never have a moment when I think someone is calling my name. It will always be my turn for the appointment or to pick up my food. Ah the simple things 🙂


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