Perry Family History

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Perry Name Meaning

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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ferry, Merry, Berry, Terry, Parry, Penry, Derry, Barry, Pere, Perr

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Perry Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Perry name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Perry. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    46%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • France

    4%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

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Perry Family Origin

Where is the Perry family from?

Perry Family Occupations

What did your Perry ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Perry family was Going To School. Farmer, Fisherman and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Perry. The most common Perry occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Perry's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Fisherman

    8%
  • Student

    6%
  • Going To School

    4%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Perry ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Perry Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Perry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Perry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 120,000 immigration records available for the last name Perry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 230,000 military records available for the last name Perry. For the veterans among your Perry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Perry Life Expectancy

What is the average Perry lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Perry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Perry in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Perry ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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