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The surname Desprez 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.)

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desprez research. Another 43 words (3 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 Desprez History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desprez Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Simon Desprez, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Henriette Desprez was married in 1666 in Quebec

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  • François Alexandre Desprez, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Brigadier-General Octave Desprez (1880-1941), French Commanding Officer during World War II


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  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
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The Desprez Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Desprez Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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