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The PERRY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 212,644 97 0.079 788
United States (1880 census) 46,492 86 0.093 930
Change since 1880 +166152 -11 -0.014 -142
Other Countries
Australia 8,208 146 0.05 502
United Kingdom 32,152 147 0.07 700
Top States for PERRY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 15,950 161 0.047 471
Texas 13,892 154 0.067 666
Florida 12,774 101 0.080 799
North Carolina 11,587 57 0.144 1,440
New York 10,503 90 0.055 553
Top States for PERRY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 1,909 13 0.182 1,821
Maine 2,316 39 0.182 1,817
Vermont 1,024 27 0.168 1,682
Tennessee 8,483 65 0.149 1,491
North Carolina 11,587 57 0.144 1,440


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called PERRY live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called PERRY represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called PERRY in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a PERRY by picking someone at random in Rhode Island than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of PERRY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the PERRY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the PERRY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of PERRY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 978 0.46
White (Caucasian) 150,361 70.71
Black/African American 51,821 24.37
Mixed Race 3,955 1.86
White (Hispanic) 3,785 1.78
Native American/Alaskan 1,744 0.82

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the PERRY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of PERRY in historical publications

If not synonymous with Parry, it is local, from Pierre (Fr.), a stone, signifying a stony place, abounding in rocks.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

PERRY. 1. A narrowed pronimciation of Parry, Ap-Harry. 2. Amongst the tenants in capite in co. Hants, at the making of Domesday, was one " Pt:rct forestariiis.''' Pery. H.R.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to PERRY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PERRY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for PERRY

The following words are slight variants of PERRY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.