Perlman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Perlman family

The surname Perlman was first found in Oxfordshire at Oseney, where in year 1259 Henry and Reginald Perle were listed as holding lands at that time. The name is derived from the Middle English and Old French word "perle," meaning "pearl," one who sells pearls. [1]

Thomas Perle was found in the Close Rolls of 1343. [2] [3] The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included a listing for Egidias and Richard Perles, but no counties were listed.

And one source postulates that the name could be Norman French as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae records John and Tustin Peril or Perol in Normandy in 1198. [4]

Early History of the Perlman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perlman research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1455, 1487, 1402, 1388, 1394, 1428, 1406, 1422, 1423, 1842, 1886, 1842, 1808, 1845, 1856 and 1858 are included under the topic Early Perlman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Perlman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Perle, Pearl, Pearle, Pear, Parl, Perl, Purl, Purle, Pearlman, Perlman and many more.

Early Notables of the Perlman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Perle (died 1402), of Dorchester, Dorset, an English politician, Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Dorchester in February 1388 and for Dorset in 1394. Another John Perle (died 1428), of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, was an English politician. He was Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Shrewsbury in 1406, 1422 and 1423. Cora Pearl (1842-1886), the English courtesan assumed the name Pearl. She was born Emma Elizabeth Crouch at Caroline Place, East Stonehouse, Devonshire, on 23 Feb. 1842. "She was the daughter of Frederick William Nicholls Crouch, by his wife, Lydia Pearson, a...
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Perlman Ranking

In the United States, the name Perlman is the 7,463rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5]


United States Perlman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Perlman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ike Perlman, who arrived in Mississippi in 1903 [6]
  • Barnet Perlman, aged 24, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Abram Perlman, aged 22, who landed in America from London, in 1906
  • Anna Perlman, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Aby Perlman, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Perlman (post 1700) +

  • Itzhak Perlman (b. 1945), world-famous Israeli-American violinist from Israel currently acknowledged as one of the finest virtuosos of his time, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • David Perlman (1918-2020), American science journalist based in San Francisco, California
  • Clifford S. Perlman (b. 1926), American Nevada entrepreneur and former President and CEO of the Caesar's Palace
  • Susan Perlman, American Professor in the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Douglas Perlman (b. 1968), American sports media executive
  • Rhea Perlman (b. 1948), American actress, writer, and producer best known for her role as Carla on the hit sitcom "Cheers"
  • Shmulik Perlman (1925-2003), Israeli football manager


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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