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Perry Name Meaning

Welsh: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Herry ‘son of Herry’, a variant of Harry (see Harris). English: topographic name for someone who lived near a pear tree, Middle English per(r)ie (Old English pyrige, a derivative of pere ‘pear’). This surname and a number of variants have been established in Ireland since the 17th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ferry, Merry, Berry, Terry, Parry, Penry, Derry, Barry, Pere, Perr

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Where is the Perry family from?

You can see how Perry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Perry family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Perry families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 4,288 Perry families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Perry's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Perry families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Perry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Perry 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 Perry. 6% of Perry men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Perry women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perry were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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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
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%
  • Gardener
    2%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Perry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 120,000 immigration records available for the last name Perry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 230,000 military records available for the last name Perry. For the veterans among your Perry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Perry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Perry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Perry in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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