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Origins of the Berry surname

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What does the name Berry mean?

The Berry surname is thought to be English. It has two popular origins. The first source of the name is believed to be geographic, referring to people who come from Bury (in Lancashire and Devon), or the French province of Berri. Additionally, the name could be toponymic and refer to somebody from a 'bergh' (the Middle English word for hill).

Alternative variations of the name Berry

Berry, Berrie, Bery, Berie, Bury

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Where do most Berrys live?

In 1921, most Berrys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Berrys

How common is your surname?

148th most common surname in the UK

We have 239,000 records for the Berry surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Berrys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Berry first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Berrys

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Berrys in 1921
Cotton Weaver






Domestic Servant




Common Male occupations for Berrys in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer






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