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Poirier Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity

France, Normandy

Poirier Meaning & Etymology

Poirier is an occupational French surname, like baker or (black) smith. Poirier is the owner of a pear orchid and/or seller of pears. The tree that bears pears is called 'le poirier.' Possible connection to Perry, as Perry is a wine made out of pears. With Norman invasions of England, Poiriers might have migrated to Britain in support of the Duke of Normandy, and altered the surname to Perry for phonetic reasons.

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Understanding misspellings and alternate spellings of the Poirier last name are important to understanding the etymology of the name. Family names like Poirier vary in their spelling as they travel across villages, family unions, and countries over time. In times when literacy was uncommon, names such as Poirier were transliterated based on their pronunciation when people's names were recorded in official records. This could have given rise misspellings of Poirier.

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