Sherry is a female given name, derived from the name of a fortified wine made in the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain; the name comes from an altered form of sherris from Xeres, the original name of Jerez, which seems to go back to the time of the Phoenicians known as Xera; it appears that the Phoenicians were the first to bring viniculture to the area around 1100 BCE, though it’s also been influenced by the Greeks, Romans, Moors, and Spanish,
However, it’s also possible that Jerez may have been derived from Arabic Sherish, Shareesh شريش during Moorish occupation of Spain; I’ve also seen it linked from the Roman urbs Caesaris (the genitive singular form of Caesar). During the Roman period, when it was very popular among the Roman elite, it was known as ceretanum meaning “wine from Ceret”, which was an earlier name for Jerez.
As a given name, Sherry may also have arisen as an influence of Cherie, which comes from the French word chérie meaning “sweetheart, darling, dear”
Sherry is also an Irish surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Searraigh meaning “son of Searrach”, a byname name meaning “foal, colt”.
Origin: uncertain; Proto-Indo-European
Meaning: the name of a wine; may also be influenced by Cherie “sweetheart, darling, dear”, and is also an Irish surname “foal, colt”