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 Family Origin

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Perry Family Occupations

What did your Perry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Perry. 18% of Perry men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Perry women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Perry were Truck Driver and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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 the USA, 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

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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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