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Delapierre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Delapierre is from the Languedoc region of southern France, it came from the ancient Greek personal name Petros and the Biblical name Peter, meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Delapierre family

The surname Delapierre was first found in Languedoc where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Delapierre family

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Delapierre Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Delapierre is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Pierre, Pierres, De Pierre, De Pierres, Pyerre, Pyerres, De Pyerre, De Pyerres, Lapierre, Lapierres, La Pierre, La Pierres, La Pyerre, La Pyerres, Lanphere, Lanpher, Lanphier and many more.

Early Notables of the Delapierre family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Delapierre family to the New World and Oceana

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Delapierre has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Delapierre were Jean Pierre, aged 20, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Dominick Pierre, aged 28, who came to New Orleans in 1820; Noel Pierre, aged 26, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821.

Contemporary Notables of the name Delapierre (post 1700)

  • François Delapierre (1970-2015), French politician, National Secretary of the Left Party from December 2010 until his death

The Delapierre 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: Armé pour le roi
Motto Translation: Armed for the king

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