Despres History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Despres family
The surname Despres 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.)
Early History of the Despres family
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Despres 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 Despres 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...
Despres World Ranking
In the United States, the name Despres is the 11,720th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Despres is ranked the 755th most popular surname.  And in France, the name Despres is the 987th popular surname with an estimated 5,328 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Despres Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century