Berry Family History
Berry Name Meaning
Irish and Manx: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Béara ‘descendant of Béara’ a personal name of unexplained etymology; or in some cases perhaps an Anglicized form of Irish and Manx Ó Beargha. Compare Barry Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Barrie . English: habitational name from any of several places called in Devon named with Old English byrig dative case of burh ‘fortified manor house stronghold’ such as Berry Pomeroy and Berrynarbor. English: from Middle English (atte) beri ‘(at the) manor house’ denoting someone who lived and worked at such a place from Middle English beri biri buri (from the Old English dative case byrig of Old English burg ‘fort fortified manor house’). See also Atterbury . French: habitational name from Berry a former province of central France so named with Latin Biturica the land of the Bituriges a Gaulish tribe. Swiss German: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with Old High German bero ‘bear’ (see Baer ).7: Altered form of French Baril . Compare Barry 7.8: Altered form (loose translation into English) of French Canadian Laframboise ‘the raspberry’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022