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Perry

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77k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
222k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Perry" mean? The list below shows the origins of Perry as well as things modernly associated with the name Perry such as celebrities named Perry.

Origin and Meaning of Perry

"Perry" is a name of English origin, and it means "Dweller by the pear-tree". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Per"ry
A fermented liquor made from pears; pear cider.

Etymology: OF. peré, F. poiré, fr. poire a pear, L. pirum. See Pear the fruit

noun Per"ry
A suddent squall. See Pirry.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A fermented and often effervescent beverage made from juice of pears; similar in taste to hard cider
  2. United States commodore who led the fleet that defeated the British on Lake Erie during the War of 1812; brother of Matthew Calbraith Perry (1785-1819)
  3. United States admiral who led a naval expedition to Japan and signed a treaty in 1854 opening up trade relations between United States and Japan; brother of Oliver Hazard Perry (1794-1858)
  4. United States philosopher (1876-1957)
Wiktionary
  1. A topographic surname​ derived from the Old English pyrige (a pear tree).
  2. A unisex given name derived from the surname, or a pet form of the rare given name Peregrine.
  3. A town in Arkansas.
  4. A village in Cambridgeshire, England
  5. A city in Florida.
  6. A city in Georgia, USA.
  7. A village in Illinois.
  8. A city in Iowa.
  9. A city in Kansas.
  10. A town in Maine.
  11. A city in Michigan.
  12. A city in Missouri.
  13. A village in Ohio.
  14. A city in Oklahoma.
  15. A township in Ontario, Canada
  16. A city in Utah.

Notable Persons With the Name Perry

Perry Como was an easy listening, adult contemporary music, pop music, big band, jazz, latin music (genre), swing music, country music, and religious music musician. He plays Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1933 to 1933. Perry was given the name Pierino Ronald Como on May 18th, 1912 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. He breathed his last breath on May 12th, 2001.

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Perry Farrell is an alternative rock, hard rock, and electronica musician. He plays Phonograph and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1981. Perry was given the name Peretz Bernstein on March 29th, 1959 in Queens, New York City, New York, U.S. Perry is also known as DJ Peretz.

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Perry Saturn is a wrestler. Perry was born on October 25th, 1966 in Cleveland.

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Perry McCarthy is a formula one racer.

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Perry King is an actor. Perry was given the name Perry Firestone King on April 30th, 1948 in Alliance, Ohio, United States.

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Perry Edward Smith is a criminal.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Perry

Katy Perry is a famed somebody. Katy was given the name Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25th, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, United States.

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Matthew Perry is an actor, director, writer, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1979. Matthew was given the name Matthew Langford Perry by his parents John Bennett Perry and Keith Morrison on August 19th, 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Steve Perry is a rock music musician. He has been prominent since 1961. Steve was given the name Stephen Ray Perry on January 22nd, 1949 in Hanford, California, U.S.

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Tyler Perry is an actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, author, and songwriter. Tyler was given the name Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13th, 1969 in New Orleans.

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Rick Perry is a 39th Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and 9th Commissioner of Agriculture of Texas. His military service ended in 1977. Rick was born on March 4th, 1950 in Paint Creek, Texas.

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Faith Hill is a country music and country pop singing, record producer, and actor. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 1993 to present. Faith was given the name Audrey Faith Perry on September 21st, 1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 134 0 134 #100 boy name
1881 123 0 123
1882 133 0 133
1883 139 6 133
1884 135 0 135
1885 115 0 115
1886 141 0 141
1887 112 0 112
1888 124 0 124
1889 105 0 105
1890 108 0 108
1891 104 0 104
1892 110 0 110
1893 97 6 91
1894 78 0 78
1895 97 0 97
1896 111 0 111
1897 109 6 103
1898 83 0 83
1899 112 8 104
1900 142 0 142
1901 93 6 87
1902 108 0 108
1903 88 0 88
1904 100 7 93
1905 110 6 104
1906 102 5 97
1907 93 7 86
1908 142 9 133
1909 117 8 109
1910 135 10 125
1911 152 0 152
1912 234 18 216
1913 295 15 280
1914 353 15 338
1915 492 14 478
1916 455 16 439
1917 541 14 527
1918 578 25 553
1919 546 18 528
1920 567 25 542
1921 586 21 565
1922 632 16 616
1923 609 21 588
1924 629 28 601
1925 597 28 569
1926 589 25 564
1927 604 20 584
1928 662 29 633
1929 594 17 577
1930 598 17 581
1931 556 14 542
1932 545 17 528
1933 506 19 487
1934 558 14 544
1935 539 23 516
1936 523 20 503
1937 561 17 544
1938 599 19 580
1939 612 28 584
1940 580 27 553
1941 613 20 593
1942 743 36 707
1943 720 33 687
1944 632 27 605
1945 708 25 683
1946 885 28 857
1947 1,073 21 1,052
1948 1,013 32 981
1949 1,084 25 1,059
1950 1,131 35 1,096
1951 1,202 26 1,176
1952 1,174 21 1,153
1953 1,246 23 1,223
1954 1,274 19 1,255
1955 1,471 22 1,449
1956 1,897 32 1,865
1957 2,401 33 2,368
1958 2,775 40 2,735
1959 2,784 35 2,749
1960 2,458 43 2,415
1961 2,252 23 2,229
1962 1,953 26 1,927
1963 1,741 28 1,713
1964 1,570 20 1,550
1965 1,390 25 1,365
1966 1,148 23 1,125
1967 1,035 18 1,017
1968 901 11 890
1969 914 18 896
1970 867 22 845
1971 750 14 736
1972 557 16 541
1973 513 7 506
1974 543 15 528
1975 502 13 489
1976 479 19 460
1977 394 14 380
1978 424 8 416
1979 466 12 454
1980 466 21 445
1981 483 12 471
1982 440 15 425
1983 469 25 444
1984 436 14 422
1985 542 21 521
1986 499 25 474
1987 511 29 482
1988 482 26 456
1989 492 31 461
1990 495 22 473
1991 446 19 427
1992 414 27 387
1993 440 32 408
1994 410 40 370
1995 370 29 341
1996 361 45 316
1997 341 24 317
1998 321 27 294
1999 286 25 261
2000 289 30 259
2001 262 25 237
2002 247 19 228
2003 234 25 209
2004 255 32 223
2005 225 34 191
2006 222 30 192
2007 211 31 180
2008 193 28 165
2009 191 29 162
2010 161 32 129
2011 187 40 147
2012 206 62 144
2013 198 62 136
2014 218 69 149
2015 226 87 139

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Popularity of Perry as a first name

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Popularity of Perry as a last name

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Common last names for Perry

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Hall
  • Walker
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Perry U.S.
  White 68.32% 64.26%
  African American 25.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Perry

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

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Fun Facts about the name Perry

  • How Popular is the name Perry? Perry is the 756th most popular name of all time. As a last name Perry was the 103rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Perry have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 77,304 babies born with the first name Perry in the United States. That's more than enough people named Perry to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Perry? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 134 new born babies.
  • When was Perry first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Perry is Wednesday, January 19th, 1831.
  • What year had the most people named Perry born? The highest recorded use of the first name Perry was in 1959 with a total of 2,749 babies. That's a lot of babies named Perry!
  • Random Perry Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Perry ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 24 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Perry: Your name in reverse order is Yrrep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Pyrre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Perry? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 221,741 people with the last name Perry.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Perry? Perry was ranked as the 103rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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What does the name Perry mean?

Pis for please, the way you always do.

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

Ris for rapport, friends seek you.

Yis for yearn, your innermost desires.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.