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Origins of the Perry surname

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What does the name Perry mean?

Perry is an English surname, with two common hypothesised points of origin. Firstly it is thought to come from the Middle English 'pirie' (pear-tree), and denote somebody who lived near or worked with pear trees. It is also believed by some to be a patronymic, deriving from the French name 'Pierre', and given to those who were the son or lineage of a person of that name.

Alternative variations of the name Perry

Perry, Perie, Perrie, Pery, Pirie

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Where do most Perrys live?

In 1921, most Perrys lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Perrys

How common is your surname?

144th most common surname in the UK

We have 237,000 records for the Perry surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Perrys most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Perry first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Perrys

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

Common Female occupations for Perrys in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Perrys in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Labourer




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