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Perry

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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

Fun Facts about the name Perry

  • 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 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Perry ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 18 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 1957.
  • 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 Rpeyr. 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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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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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.

English

Origin and Meaning of Perry

The name "Perry" is 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)
  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.

Perry Como

Perry Como is a musical artist with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1933 to 1998. Perry was born in 1912 as Pierino Ronald Como in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Perry Farrell

Perry Farrell is a singer-songwriter, musician, and dj specializing in alternative rock, alternative metal, and electronica music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to present. Perry was born in 1959 as Perry Bernstein in Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

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Perry King

Perry King is an actor. Perry was born in 1948 as Perry Firestone King in Alliance, Ohio, United States.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Perry

Perry Bible Fellowship
Perry Street Prep
Perry Ellis
Perry Mason
Perry Stone
Perry Cohen
Perry Hall

Notable Persons With the Last Name Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is a singer, songwriter, actress, and philanthropist specializing in pop and rock music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 2 to present. Katy was born in 1984 as Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson in Santa Barbara, California, U.S.

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Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry is an actor, director, writer, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1979 to present. Matthew was born in 1969 as Matthew Langford Perry in Williamstown, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is an actor, author, playwright, and filmmaker. Tyler was born in 1969 as Emmitt Perry Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

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Faith Hill

Faith Hill is a singer, producer, and actress specializing in country and country pop music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1993 to present. Faith was born in 1967 as Audrey Faith Perry in Ridgeland, Mississippi, U.S.

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Steve Perry

Steve Perry is a singer-songwriter, record producer, and musician specializing in rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1961 to present. Steve was born in 1949 as Stephen Ray Perry in Hanford, California, U.S.

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Luke Perry

Luke Perry is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1982 to present. Luke was born in 1966 as Coy Luther Perry III in Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.

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Gaylord Perry

Gaylord Perry is a MLB player. Gaylord was born in 1938 in Williamston, North Carolina.

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Rachel Perry

Rachel was born in 1976 in Brockville, Ontario.

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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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