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Recorded in many forms as shown below, this is a medieval English surname. There are two possible origins. The first is residential for someone who lived by a pear orchard, or more probably one who owned such a place. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th century word "pirige", meaning pear-tree. Residential surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. The second possible origin is Welsh and a patronymic form of the medieval given name "Herry". This is a form of Henry, and when fused with the Welsh patronymic prefix of "ap" produces Ap Herry or Perry...
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