Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : variant form of Berroth, a family name in Württemberg imported by (French) Waldensians in 1699, recorded subsequently as Perrot and Perrault. The name is derived from the Germanic personal name Berwald, composed of the elements ber ‘bear’ (the animal) + wald- ‘to wield’, ‘rule’.