Friday, December 13, 2019

Namemas: Perry

Happy first day of Namemas! I am going to be bringing you 12 great names over the next 12 days. They are all centered around the song 12 days of Christmas. Be sure to check out yesterdays blog post for more details and the last 3 years themes and names.

Perry is both a given name and a surname name. The surname has 7 distinct origins. Starting in England, the surname Perry was given to people who lived near the pear trees. In Wales, Perry and Parry came about as a short form meaning son of Herry/Harry. The Norman French name Perrieur (quarry) possibly refers to a quarryman. Perry is sometimes associated with the Portuguese surname Pereira, which means pear tree in Portuguese. When they would immigrate to the United States families would often "Americanize" the name to Perry. The Italian surname Perri is related to Peter and also Americanized too Perry. 

Possible Full Names
Perry is an unisex name that can work as both a given name or nickname. The most common full name for Perry as a nickname has to be Peregrine with Percival being second. 

Boys: Percival, Pierre, Peregrine, Perkin, Perez, Parker, Pernell, Pierce
Girls: Perla, Perrine, Perrin, Persis, Pearl, Perenelle, Priscilla, Peridot, Persephone, Perita 

Alcoholic Drink
In the bar world, Perry is an alcoholic drink made from fermented pears similar to the way cinder is made with apples. In modern times some people call Perry a pear cider. It has a history started in what is now France today. It eventually made its way to England where you can find it as a popular beverage. 

Perry Products
The Perry brothers, James and Stephen, made their first car in 1899 with a three wheeler. They then went on to make two more cars. Their Perry 8hp is a cyclecar made on 1911 and only 800 were produced. 

Before the Perry brothers made cars they made dip pens in 1824 with their company Perry & Co. They would go on to produce pens for 58 years. They most likely lost business when ballpoint pens became popular. 

Famous Wearers 
You can find Perry on a few famous men. Perry Como is an American singer with a career that lasted more than half a century. He was known for his cardigan sweaters. Perry Ellis, a fashion designer of the 1970s was another famous Perry. The founder of Lollapalooza was named Perry Farrell. There are countless other Perrys from athletes to actors. 

Fictional Perry's include Perry the platypus from Disney's Phineas and Ferb and Perry Cox from the TV show Scrubs. If you've ever read the series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants you know that one of the main characters, Bridget, has a twin brother named Perry. 

Perry is equally unpopular for both genders. In 2018, the spelling Perry was not ranked for either gender. 133 boys received the name and only 79 girls in 2018. It last ranked in the top 1000 for boys in 2006 at #971 and has never ranked in the top 1000 for girls. For girls the only time a spelling of Perry ranked in the top 1000 was in 1958 with the Perri spelling. 

Christmas Association
On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
The name Perry means pear tree and is perfect for the first day of Christmas! Perry can also mean son of Herry but the pear meaning is the most common.

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