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English: from Middle English pertriche ‘partridge’ (via Old
French and Latin from Greek perdix), either a metonymic
occupational name for a hunter of the bird or a nickname for someone
with some fancied resemblance to it, or a habitational name for
someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a
partridge. This surname has been established in Ireland since the 17th
century. As an American family name, it has probably absorbed some
cases of other European surnames with the same meaning, e.g. Italian