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Where did the English Perry family come from? What is the English Perry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Perry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Perry family history?

Perry is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Perry family lived in Hampshire. Their name, however, is a reference to the Old English word perie, meaning pear tree, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near such a landmark.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Perry has been recorded under many different variations, including Perry, Perrie and others.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perry research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Perry History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Perry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Perry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 152 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Perrys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Perry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Isaac Perry settled in Salem in 1631
  • Isaac Perry, who landed in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Thomas Perry who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth and Edward Perry settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Francis Perry, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637

Perry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Perry, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Eben Perry settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1767 with his wife and two children
  • Jack Perry, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1775

Perry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Perry, aged 30, arrived in America in 1821
  • Howland Perry, aged 4, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Hugh Perry, aged 6, arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Bernard Perry, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • George Perry, who arrived in New York in 1835


  • Charles Owen Perry (1929-2011), American sculptor
  • Frank J. Perry (1930-1995), American stage and film director, producer and screenwriter
  • Edward A Perry (1831-1889), American politician, 14th Governor of Florida
  • James Richard "Rick" Perry (b. 1950), American politician, 47th Governor of Texas
  • Antionette Perry (1888-1946), American actress & director, founder of the Tony Awards
  • William James Perry (b. 1927), U.S. Secretary of Defense (1994-97) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Oliver Perry (1785-1819), American military leader
  • William Sanford "Bill" Perry (1957-2007), American blues musician
  • Fred Perry (1909-1995), American (English born) tennis player and winner of three consecutive Wimbledon Championships between 1934 and 1936
  • Jacquelin Perry M.D. (1918-2013), American physician who made major contributions to the fields of post-polio syndrome and gait analysis



  • Dibblee-Perry and Allied Families by Alice Izalle Dibblee Conlon.
  • The Family Tree of Daniel Perry, 1704-1970 by Hubert L. Perry.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Recte agens confido
Motto Translation: While acting uprightly I am confident.


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The Perry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perry Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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