Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. PEHR-ee  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From a surname that is either English or Welsh in origin. It can be derived from Middle English perrie meaning "pear tree", or else from Welsh ap Herry, meaning "son of Herry". A famous bearer of the surname was Matthew Perry (1794-1858), the American naval officer who opened Japan to the West.



Entry updated June 13, 2019