Type Surname (from location)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. PEHR-ee  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From Old English pirige meaning "pear tree", a derivative of peru meaning "pear", itself from Latin pirum. A famous bearer was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesPoirier, Poirot(French) Pereira, Pereiro, Pereyra(Galician) Poirot(Literature) Pereira, Pereyra(Portuguese)
Given Name DescendantPerry(English)
Same SpellingPerry 2


Entry updated February 28, 2019