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PEREIRA Family HistoryRecorded in over forty spelling forms including Pear, Peer, Pearman (England), Pere, Poir, Poirier, Poirot, Poirriez, and Dupoirer (France and Belgium), Perier, Perrier, Peres and Perie (Provencal), Pera, La Pira, Delpero and Piras (Italy), Perera and Pereira (Spain and Portugal), and Pirner (Germany), this is usually an occupational surname. It describes either a grower or seller of fruit particularly pears, or it may be topgographical for a person who lived by a fruit orchard. The ultimate origination of the surname however spelt is the Roman (Latin) word "pirum".
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