Perry (surname)

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Perry
Family name
MeaningOne who dwells by a pear tree (Geographical); quarryman
Region of originEngland
Language(s) of originOld English
 
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Perry
Family name
MeaningOne who dwells by a pear tree (Geographical); quarryman
Region of originEngland
Language(s) of originOld English

Perry is a surname of English origin,[1] deriving from either the Old English pyrige (pear tree), referring to one who dwells by a pear tree;[2] the Norman French perrieur (quarry), possibly referring to a quarryman.[2] Perry was recorded as a surname from the late 16th century in villages near Colchester, Essex, East England, such as Lexden and Copford.[3]

One source suggests the name is of ancient Norman origin and was found in Hampshire in 1066 according to the Doomsday Book.[4] Their name, however, is a reference to the Old English word perie, meaning pear tree. The family held a seat there on lands granted by Duke William of Normandy, their liege lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Perry has some resemblance with the Portuguese common surname Pereira, which means pear tree in Portuguese language. Because of that, many Portuguese immigrants to the USA (especially Massachusetts) chose to "Americanize" their Pereira surname to Perry.

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