The history of the Depereault name began during the Middle Ages in a region known as
. The French name is derived from the popular French
Pierre, which comes from the ancient name Petros, or Peter, meaning rock.
in the seigneurie of Launay and Vieux Launay.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Depereault research.Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1898, 1919, 1923, 1644, 1717, 1644, 1691, 1670, 1684, 1687, 1611, 1661, 1613, 1688, 1608, 1680, 1628, 1703, 1644 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Depereault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 Depereault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Perot, Perrot, Perrotte, Perreault, Perault, Perrault, de Perrot, De Perrot, De Perot, De Perault, De Perrault, Perrott, Perrau, Perraut, Perroud, Peroud, Perraud, Perrauld, Perauld, Peraud, Perroux, Peroux and many more.
Notable amongst this name at this time was Nicolas Perrot (1644-1717), French explorer, diplomat, and fur trader, one of the first white men in the Upper Mississippi Valley; François-Marie Perrot (1644-1691), French Governor of Montreal by a royal commission in 1670, and later Governor of Acadia (1684-1687); Nicolas Perot (ca. 1611-1661)... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Depereault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Depereault has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Depereault were Pierre Perrault who arrived in Quebec from Angoumois on the west coast of France in 1730; Nicolas(1660) and Pierre(1763) arrived in Quebec from Bourgogne.