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Derived from "pyrige." Possibly a pet form of Peregrine or a surname for someone who lives by a pear tree. Historically known for Matthew Calbraith Perry, the Navy commodore credited with opening Japan to the West in 1854. More recently actor Matthew Perry, best-known as Chandler on the television sitcom "Friends," is another famous bearer. The name peaked prior to the turn of the 20th century. , Pear tree
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