Dessert History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dessert has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in the Languedoc area of France.

Early Origins of the Dessert family

The surname Dessert was first found in Languedoc, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Dessert family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dessert research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1270, 1271, 1415, 1532, 1654, 1694, and 1702 are included under the topic Early Dessert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dessert Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Dessert, including Serres, Sère, Saire, Sert, Serre, Saires, Des Serres, de Serres, Des Saires, La Serre, La Saire, La Sère, Le Sert, De Sert, De Serres, De Sère, De Saire and many more.

Early Notables of the Dessert family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Dominic Serres (1722-1793), French marine-painter, born at Auch in Gascony. "He is said to have been nephew of the archbishop of Rheims. His parents intended him for the church, but, this not suiting his taste, he ran away from his native town, and made his way on foot into Spain. He there shipped on board a vessel for South America as a common...
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Migration of the Dessert family

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 Dessert 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 Dessert were Mr. Serre settled in Carolina in 1679 with a woman and two children; Noel Serre settled in Carolina with his wife, Catherine Challin, in 1695; Noel Serres settled in Carolina with his family in 1679.


Contemporary Notables of the name Dessert (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Dessert, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Gerald Dessert. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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