The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Perrins family name to the British Isles. Perrins comes from the ancient given name Peter
which anciently meant rock or stone.
Early Origins of the Perrins family
The surname Perrins was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Perrins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perrins research.Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1553, 1642, 1719 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Perrins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Perrins Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Perrin, Perren, Perrine, Peren, Perring, Perrins and others.
Early Notables of the Perrins family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Peryn (died 1558), Dominican, who was probably connected with the Perins of Shropshire
, prior of the Dominican house of St. Bartholomew in Smithfield... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perrins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Perrins family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Perrins or a variant listed above:
Perrins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A. Perrins, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
Perrins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Miss Caroline Perrins, (b. 1821), aged 18, Cornish house servant travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th September 1839 CITATION[CLOSE]
Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
Contemporary Notables of the name Perrins (post 1700)
- Warwick Perrins Selvey (b. 1939), Australian gold medalist at the 1962 Commonwealth Games
The Perrins Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Impavidun feriunt ruinae
Motto Translation: Danger shall strike me unappalled.