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Berry Name Meaning

Irish and Manx: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Béara ‘descendant of Béara’ a personal name of unexplained etymology; or in some cases perhaps an Anglicized form of Irish and Manx Ó Beargha. Compare Barry Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Barrie . English: habitational name from any of several places called in Devon named with Old English byrig dative case of burh ‘fortified manor house stronghold’ such as Berry Pomeroy and Berrynarbor. English: from Middle English (atte) beri ‘(at the) manor house’ denoting someone who lived and worked at such a place from Middle English beri biri buri (from the Old English dative case byrig of Old English burg ‘fort fortified manor house’). See also Atterbury . French: habitational name from Berry a former province of central France so named with Latin Biturica the land of the Bituriges a Gaulish tribe. Swiss German: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with Old High German bero ‘bear’ (see Baer ).7: Altered form of French Baril . Compare Barry 7.8: Altered form (loose translation into English) of French Canadian Laframboise ‘the raspberry’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Merry, Terry, Ferry, Barry, Barr, Burry, Perry, Derry, Beery, Werry

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You can see how Berry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Berry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Berry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 7,127 Berry families living in Lancashire. This was about 29% of all the recorded Berry's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Berry families in 1891.
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What did your Berry ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Berry. 7% of Berry men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Berry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Berry were Cotton Weaver and Cotton Weaver. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Cotton Weaver

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Cotton Weaver
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There are 163,000 military records available for the last name Berry. For the veterans among your Berry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Berry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Berry in 1940 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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