Perry \p(er)-ry\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Perry), is pronounced PARE-ee. Surname and a short form of Peregrine (Latin) "traveler, wanderer". Also possibly derived from an Old English word referring to a person who lived or worked around a pear tree. Modern use has been inspired by fictional detective Perry Mason. Matthew Calbraith Perry was the Americal naval officer who established American trade relations with Japan in 1854. Singer Perry Como; designer Perry Ellis.