Despras History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Despras family

The surname Despras was first found in Champagne, but one of the earliest records of the name was Pierre Desprès (1288-1361), a French Cardinal during the period of Avignon Papacy. He was son of Raymond II Desprès, seigneur of Montpezat. He was bishop of Riez in 1318 and Archbishop of Aix (1318-1320.)

Important Dates for the Despras family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Despras research. Another 22 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1693, 1733, 1742, 1752, 1765, 1783, 1792, 1807, 1832, 1834, 1851, 1862, 1868, and 1888 are included under the topic Early Despras History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Despras Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Despres, Desprès, Despradelle, Despradelles, Desprairies, Desprat, Desprats, Desprez, Desprades, Despras, Despréaux, Despret and many more.

Early Notables of the Despras family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family during this period was Josquin Despres (1440-1521) a Flemish composer; Francisco Desprats (1454-1504), a Spanish Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal; Nicholas-Michel Desprès, a prominent doctor in Caen in the sixteenth century; Jean-François Despréaux, a flutist and opera singer in 1693; Antoine Desprès, an accomplished goldsmith; Joseph-Grellet Desprades was vicar-general of Die in 1733; Louis-Jean Desprez was a famous architect in Auxerre in 1742; Jean-Baptiste-Denis Desprès was a man of letters and a political journalist in Dijon in 1752; Jean-Etienne Despréaux was a dancer, violinist and entered into the opera...
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Migration of the Despras family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 100 individuals of the lineage who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them, Nicholas Despré was married in 1625.

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