When Charles Lafayette Terry was born on 13 May 1882, in Sullivan, Franklin, Missouri, United States, his father, James Lewis Terry, was 34 and his mother, Sarah Ann Blankenship, was 30. He married Lockie Bell Bowman on 1 September 1901, in Henderson, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Texola, Beckham, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 5, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 4 February 1961, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Conroe, Montgomery, Texas, United States.
English and Irish: from the Norman personal name T(h)erry (Old French Thierri), a short form of Theodoric, which is composed of the ancient Germanic elements theud ‘people, race’ + rīc ‘power(ful), rich’. Theodoric was the name of the Ostrogothic leader (c. 454–526) who invaded Italy in 488 and established his capital at Ravenna in 493. His name was sometimes taken as a derivative of Greek Theodōros (see Theodore ). An Anglo-Norman family of this name has been in County Cork, Ireland, since the 13th century.
Irish: sometimes an Anglicized (‘translated’) form of Gaelic Mac Toirdhealbhaigh (see Turley ).