From Middle High German pferrich, from Old High German pherrich (“fence, enclosure”), possibly from Proto-Germanic *parrikaz (“fence, enclosure”), derived from *parr- (“stake, bar, bolt, beam, fence-post”). According to another theory from early Medieval Latin parricus, of uncertain origin. At any rate akin to Old English pearruc (“enclosure, paddock, fence”), Old Norse parrak (“enclosure, pond”), Old French parc. German Park is a doublet. See English park and paddock for more.
- IPA(key): /pfɛʁç/, [pfɛʁç], [pfɛɐ̯ç] (standard)
- IPA(key): /fɛʁç/ (most speakers in northern and central Germany)
- Pferch in Duden online