The Perham surname is a habitational name derived from place names such as Parham in Suffolk and Sussex, derived from the Old English words "pere," meaning "pear," and "ham," or "homestead."
Early Origins of the Perham family
The surname Perham was first found in Suffolk, at Parham, a village and civil parish that dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Perreham and literally meant "homestead or enclosure where pears grow." 
Early History of the Perham family
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Perham Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Parham, Param, Parram, Perham, Pearham, Perram and others.
Early Notables of the Perham family (pre 1700)
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