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Origin and popularity of the name BERRY


Berry : 1: Irish and Manx: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Béara ‘descendant of Béara’ a personal name of unexplained etymology; or in some cases perhaps an Anglicized form of Irish and Manx Ó Beargha. Compare Barry 1.2: Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Barrie.3: English: habitational name from any of several places called in Devon named with Old English byrig dative case of burh ‘fortified manor house stronghold’ such as Berry Pomeroy and Berrynarbor.4: English: from Middle English (atte) beri ‘(at the) manor house’ denoting someone who lived and worked at such a place from Middle English beri biri buri (from the Old English dative case byrig of Old English burg ‘fort fortified manor house’). See also Atterbury.5: French: habitational name from Berry a former province of central France so named with Latin Biturica the land of the Bituriges a Gaulish tribe.6: Swiss German: from a pet form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with Old High German bero ‘bear’ (see Baer).7: Altered form of French Baril. Compare Barry 7.8: Altered form (loose translation into English) of French Canadian Laframboise ‘the raspberry’.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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