Cherie

Cherie comes from French chérie, a word which means “darling, sweetheart” from chérir (to cherish) derived from Latin cārus meaning “dear, beloved, expensive” via Proto-Indo-European *kéh₂ros (to desire, to wish). It may also be a variant spelling of Sherry, the name of a fortified wine in Spain called Xeres/Jerez, though Sherry is also a surname, the anglicized form of Irish Ó Searraigh meaning “descendant of Searrach”, the latter a given name meaning “colt, foal”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Gaelic

Variants:

  • Chérie (French)
  • Cheri (English)
  • Cherri (English)
  • Cherilyn (English)
  • Sharilyn (English)
  • Sherilyn (English)
  • Sharyl (English)
  • Sheryl (English)
  • Sherryl (English)
  • Sheryll (English)
  • Sherill (English)
  • Sharalyn (English)
  • Cherette (English)
  • Cher (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Chéri (French)

 

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Brandy

Brandy is the name of an alcoholic drink, the shortened for of brandywine which is derived from Dutch brandewijn meaning “distilled wine” or “burnt wine”. It could also be a short form, or a feminine form, of Brandon, an English surname derived from a place name meaning “hill covered with broom” from Old English brom (broom, gorse) and dun (hill), likely referring to someone who lived near a place covered with gorse or broom shrubs.

However, Brandon could also be derived from Old French brandon from Frankish *brand meaning “firebrand, torch, sword” which ultimately comes from Proto-Germanic *brandaz, a cognate of Old Norse brandr.

Origin: Dutch, Old English, Proto-Germanic

 

Variants:

  • Brandee (English)
  • Brandi (English)
  • Brandie (English)
  • Brande (English)
  • Branda (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Brandon
  • Branden