The history of the Depereaux name began during the Middle Ages in a region known as Brittany
. The French name is derived from the popular French personal name
Pierre, which comes from the ancient name Petros, or Peter, meaning rock.
Early Origins of the Depereaux family
The surname Depereaux was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the seigneurie of Launay and Vieux Launay.
Early History of the Depereaux family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Depereaux 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 Depereaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Depereaux Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. 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.
Early Notables of the Depereaux family (pre 1700)
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 Depereaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Depereaux family to the New World and Oceana
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 Depereaux 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 Depereaux 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.
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