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


  • 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)




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



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


Male forms:

  • Brandon
  • Branden