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Perry Family Genealogy and Variant Spellings


Perry Family Genealogy and Variant Spellings

A group designed for the research and discussion of the Perry families, including the associated variants (See featured topic). Post your findings and questions in the group forum. Variants include, but not limited to: Perryman, Parry, Peary

Members: 24
Latest Activity: Feb 5, 2018

Origin and Meaning

English This English surname has been well known in Munster since the 17th century. It is now found mainly in Ulster. The name was taken by settlers from England and Scotland. PERRY was a locational name 'the dweller by the pear tree'. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Henry de Pieri of the County of Kent in 1176. Walter atte-pyrie of the County of Oxfordshire in was documented in the year 1273. Roger de la Peyre of the County of Cambridgeshire in 1300. Edward de Pery of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard de la Pirie of the County of Oxfordshire in 1488. Daniel Perry and Elizabeth Pye were married in London in 1619. Thomas, son of William Perry, was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in 1644. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.

Welsh Last name origins & meanings: 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.

Possibly derived from the old French "perrier" or "perrieur," for quarry, in which case it denoted one who worked in a quarry or who lived in a rocky location.

Surname Origin: English, French, Welsh

Alternate Surname Spellings: PIRRIE, PERY, PEERY, PARRY

Discussion Forum

Peter Perry m. to Jane Surdam[ lived in central NY State.

Started by Family.Historian. Last reply by Erin E Wilbur Styne Mar 28, 2013. 1 Reply

The above mentioned people were/ are my x5 great grandparents. peter`s`s ancestry has been traced as far back as to the approx. time of the mayflower & further back to england by atleast x1 to 2…Continue

Samuel Perry UEL (b.1735)

Started by Cheryl Levy PLCGS Dec 5, 2011. 0 Replies

My PERRY connection is Samuel Perry, who was born 1735 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He was a Loyalist and moved to Shelburne, Nova Scotia in 1783. I am descended from his daughter, Mary "Polly"…Continue


Started by Jim Avery. Last reply by Jim Avery Dec 1, 2011. 2 Replies

Hello - Just joined. My name is Jim Avery, but my DNA says I am more closely related to the Perry family. So I am trying to find where my Averys and Perrys crossed paths. I trace my Averys back to…Continue

Elias Perry - Anna Raplee (NY to Lenawee County MI)

Started by Dawn Ranae (Perry) Best. Last reply by Claude P Perry II Jul 18, 2009. 8 Replies

I am researching my Perry Line - The firthest I've been able to research is my great great great grandparents Elias Perry b 1797 NY d 1850 Lenawee Co MI and Anna Raplee b 1799 NJ d `876 Lenawee…Continue


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