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Cheryl is a female given name common in English speaking countries.
The name appeared in the early 20th century and was most popular during the early Cold War period. In America it was most popular from the 1940s to early 1980s and in the UK from the 1950s to early 1990s.
There are several prevailing theories about its etymology. The most common is that it is an Anglicized version of either the French name Cherie (from Latin Cara, being "beloved") or the Welsh name Cerys (a cognate of "Cara"), modeled on names such as Meryl and Beryl that were popular during the early decades of the 20th century.
Another theory is that the name is German in origin and is a feminine version of the Germanic male name Charles, which means "free man". An Anglo-Saxon (male) variant of Charles is Ceorl. Feminine variations of Charles include Charlotte, Carly, Carla and Caroline.[unreliable source?]