Family name origins & meanings
- English : from Middle English pe(e)re ‘pear’ (Old Englishpere, peru, from Latin pirum), a metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of pears, or a topographic name for someone who lived by a pear tree or pear orchard.
- English : nickname from Middle English pere ‘peer’, ‘companion’ (Old French pe(e)r, from Latin par ‘equal’).
- Jewish : Americanization of some like-sounding Ashkenazic surname; e.g. possibly a shortened form of a surname such asPearl, Pearlman, or Pearlstein.