[ 2 syll. per-ry, pe-rry ] The baby boy name Perry is sometimes used as a girl name. It is pronounced as PEH-Riy- †.
1: Perry is used predominantly in the English language and its origin is Old English. The first name is derived from the English surname. The latter is either from the Old English 'pirige' and ultimately 'perrie', or else it could of Welsh origin. In America and Canada, the name has been popularized by two American naval officers who were also brothers. Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819) defeated the British fleet at Lake Erie and gave his name to the city of Perrysburg, Ohio, the borough of Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, and the village of Perrysburg, New York; while Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858) was an American commodore who opened up Japan trade to the West. The name is also known from Perry Mason (1933-), the fictional detective created by Earle Stanley Gardner who appeared in numerous novels and TV adaptations.
Perry has 13 variants. Variants include Parri, Parry, Per, Peree, Perey, Peri, Perie, Perrea, Perree, Perrey, Perri, and Pery. The variant spelling Perrie is another English form.
2: Perry's language of origin is Welsh. The first name could be from 'Welsh ap Herry' meaning 'son of Henry'.
In addition, Perry is a pet form of the name Peregrine (English).
Perry is also a pet form (French) of the name Peter (Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, and Scandinavian).
See also the related categories, lives, tree (wood), english, son (heir), brothers, village, man (humanity), welsh, american, and matthew.
Perry is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1959 with 0.127% of baby boys being given the name Perry. It ranked at #132 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and is now of very light use. In 2018, among the group of boy names directly linked to Perry, Peter was the most frequently used.
Baby names that sound like Perry include Parri, Peri, Perie, Perri, Paree, Pari, Paro, Parris, Parry, Peirre, Peper, Pepper, Perey, Pero, Perrey, Peru, Perye, Pierre, Pierro, and Piper.
† English pronunciation for Perry: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Perry:
Sailor Matthew Calbraith Perry, born 10 April 1794 - 3 April 1858, Rocky Brook, Rhode Island.
Sailor Oliver Hazard Perry, born 23 August 1785 - 23 August 1819, South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Singer Perry Como, born Nick Perido, May 18, 1912 - May 12, 2001, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.