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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ber"ry
Senses
  1. Any small fleshy fruit, as the strawberry, mulberry, huckleberry, etc.
  2. [Bot] A small fruit that is pulpy or succulent throughout, having seeds loosely imbedded in the pulp, as the currant, grape, blueberry.
  3. The coffee bean.
  4. One of the ova or eggs of a fish.

Etymology: OE. berie, AS. berie berige; akin to D. bes, G. beere, OS. and OHG. beri, Icel. ber, Sw. bär, Goth. basi, and perh. Skr. bhas to eat

verb Ber"ry
To bear or produce berries.
noun Ber"ry
A mound; a hillock.

Etymology: AS. beorh. See Barrow a hill

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of numerous small and pulpy edible fruits; used as desserts or in making jams and jellies and preserves
  2. United States rock singer (born in 1931)
  3. A small fruit having any of various structures, e.g., simple (grape or blueberry) or aggregate (blackberry or raspberry)
  4. Pick or gather berries ("We went berrying in the summer")
Wiktionary

Variant of Bury and (in dialects with the merry, Mary marry merger) Barry. The given name is also a pet form of names beginning with Ber-.

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name.

From berry, also a pet form of Beryl and Berenice.

  1. (rare) A female given name.

    Berry was also found in the following language(s): French

    Notable Persons Named Berry

    Berry Gordy is a rhythm, blues, soul music, pop music, rock, roll, and doo-wop music executive, songwriter, record producer, film producer, and television producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to present. Berry was born on November 28th, 1929 in Detroit.

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    Berry Berenson was an actress, model, and photographer. She was most prominent from 1960 to 2001. Berry was given the name Berinthia Berenson on April 14th, 1948 in Murray Hill, Manhattan. She died on September 11th, 2001.

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    Berry Oakley was a musician. He plays Fender Jazz Bass. He was most prominent from 1964 to 1972. Berry was given the name Raymond Berry Oakley, III on April 4th, 1948 in Chicago. He passed away on November 11th, 1972.

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    Berry Sakharof is a rock music, alternative rock, and post-punk singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1973 to present. Berry was born on July 7th, 1957 in İzmir.

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    Berry L. Cannon was an electronic engineering, aquanaut, and electronics engineer. Berry was born on March 22nd, 1935. Berry is also known as Berry Louis Cannon. He breathed his last breath on February 17th, 1969.

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    Berry van Aerle is a soccer player for the PSV Eindhoven, Royal Antwerp F.C., Helmond Sport, and Netherlands national football team. Berry was born on December 8th, 1962 in Helmond, Netherlands.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Berry

    Halle Berry is an actor, model (people), film producer, actress, and model. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Halle was given the name Maria Halle Berry on August 14th, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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    Chuck Berry is a rock and roll musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. His most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to present. Chuck was given the name Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18th, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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    Mary was given the name Mary-Rosa Alleyne Berry on March 24th, 1935 in Bath, Somerset. Mary is also known as Mary Queen of Cakes.

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    Matt Berry is an actor, writer, comedian, and musician. Matt was given the name Matthew Charles Berry on May 2nd, 1974 in Bromham, Bedfordshire, England.

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    Wendell Berry is a writer. Wendell was born on August 5th, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky, U.S.

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    Ken Berry is an actor, dancer, and singer. His career lasted from 1954 to 1999. Ken was given the name Kenneth Ronald Berry on November 3rd, 1933 in Moline, Illinois.

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    How popular is the baby name Berry in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 30 0 30
    1881 22 0 22
    1882 27 0 27
    1883 24 0 24
    1884 29 0 29
    1885 24 0 24
    1886 15 0 15
    1887 19 0 19
    1888 21 0 21
    1889 23 0 23
    1890 17 0 17
    1891 14 0 14
    1892 24 0 24
    1893 22 0 22
    1894 12 0 12
    1895 18 0 18
    1896 20 0 20
    1897 17 0 17
    1898 22 0 22
    1899 17 0 17
    1900 22 0 22
    1901 20 0 20
    1902 15 0 15
    1903 26 0 26
    1904 16 0 16
    1905 21 0 21
    1906 9 0 9
    1907 25 0 25
    1908 28 0 28
    1909 33 0 33
    1910 21 0 21
    1911 23 0 23
    1912 42 0 42
    1913 41 0 41
    1914 41 0 41
    1915 60 0 60
    1916 71 0 71
    1917 47 0 47
    1918 64 0 64
    1919 59 0 59
    1920 55 0 55
    1921 83 5 78
    1922 56 0 56
    1923 76 9 67
    1924 65 8 57
    1925 69 13 56
    1926 64 6 58
    1927 65 10 55
    1928 74 7 67
    1929 71 8 63
    1930 72 11 61
    1931 67 7 60
    1932 63 7 56
    1933 66 11 55
    1934 60 13 47
    1935 51 0 51
    1936 48 9 39
    1937 64 10 54
    1938 51 0 51
    1939 62 7 55
    1940 66 8 58
    1941 57 8 49
    1942 67 6 61
    1943 67 0 67
    1944 61 0 61
    1945 54 5 49
    1946 75 6 69
    1947 78 5 73
    1948 66 5 61
    1949 67 0 67
    1950 77 10 67
    1951 90 8 82
    1952 79 0 79
    1953 90 10 80
    1954 94 8 86
    1955 82 6 76
    1956 86 8 78
    1957 88 0 88
    1958 81 0 81
    1959 86 8 78
    1960 95 5 90
    1961 86 0 86
    1962 88 6 82
    1963 108 0 108
    1964 92 8 84
    1965 81 0 81
    1966 85 5 80
    1967 72 6 66
    1968 61 0 61
    1969 69 0 69
    1970 83 9 74
    1971 71 0 71
    1972 48 0 48
    1973 49 0 49
    1974 52 5 47
    1975 50 0 50
    1976 58 11 47
    1977 42 0 42
    1978 64 8 56
    1979 48 7 41
    1980 44 0 44
    1981 37 0 37
    1982 42 0 42
    1983 41 0 41
    1984 43 6 37
    1985 36 0 36
    1986 33 5 28
    1987 18 0 18
    1988 36 0 36
    1989 34 0 34
    1990 23 0 23
    1991 20 0 20
    1992 26 0 26
    1993 21 0 21
    1994 22 0 22
    1995 23 0 23
    1996 12 0 12
    1997 17 0 17
    1998 16 0 16
    1999 8 0 8
    2000 11 0 11
    2001 7 0 7
    2002 9 0 9
    2003 11 0 11
    2004 10 0 10
    2005 8 0 8
    2006 10 0 10
    2007 17 6 11
    2008 6 0 6
    2009 11 0 11
    2010 10 0 10
    2011 10 5 5
    2012 14 5 9
    2013 5 0 5
    2015 19 8 11
    2016 10 0 10
    2017 6 6 0

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    Popularity of Berry as a first name

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    Popularity of Berry as a last name

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    Common last names for Berry

    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Johnson
    • Jones
    • Moore
    • Davis
    • Jackson
    • White
    • Thomas
    • Carter
    • Brown
    • Coleman
    • Mitchell
    • Martin
    • Evans

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Berry U.S.
      White 70.66% 64.26%
      African American 23.11% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.80% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Berry

    People with the last name Berry are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Berry

    • How Popular is the name Berry? Berry is the 3,369th most popular name of all time. As a last name Berry was the 222nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Berry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,022 babies born with the first name Berry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Berry to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Berry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 30 new born babies.
    • When was Berry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Berry is Sunday, April 26th, 1868.
    • What year had the most people named Berry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Berry was in 1963 with a total of 108 babies.
    • Random Berry Factoid: According to the 1929 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Berry is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1929.
    • Weird things about the name Berry: Your name in reverse order is Yrreb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rerby. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Berry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 132,812 people with the last name Berry.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Berry? Berry was ranked as the 222nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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