This is my husband's surname - and mine for the last 30 years. The origins are Polish, of course, and it is pear in Polish. At one time, hubby's grandfather used the name Pear instead of Kruszka. Then came social security and since he hadn't legally changed his name, he was screwed. Unfortunately, he didn't live long enough to collect social security. There is a family story about why he changed his name to Pear, but I've never been able to substantiate it.
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