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The surname Prévost is a ancient French name. It was a name given to a person from Brittany who was a prefect or chief magistrate. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word prevost, which signified someone of that title.

Prévost Early Origins



The surname Prévost was first found in Britanny (Bretagne) where this noble family originated in ancient times.

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Prévost Spelling Variations


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Prévost Spelling Variations



The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Prévost is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Prévost, Prévoste, Prévosts, Prévostes, Prévaust, Prévauste, Prévaustes, Prévausts, de Prévost, du Prévost and many more.

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Prévost Early History


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Prévost Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prévost research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1580, 1622, 1753, 1830, 1831, 1848, 1729, 1732, 1865, 1680, 1741, 1638, 1702, 1665, 1697 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Prévost History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prévost Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prévost Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst this name at this time was Louis-Constant Prévost-Paradol, journalist, Man of Letters, member of the French Academy; Françoise Prévost ( c. 1680-1741), a French ballerina; François Provost (1638-1702), French-born...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prévost Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Prévost were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Prévost were

Prévost Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mr. Prevost, who settled in Carolina in 1679
  • A. Prevost, a Huguenot who arrived in Carolina from England in 1679
  • John Prevost settled in Barbados in 1685

Prévost Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Prevost settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Adam Prevost, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Marie Prevost, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Adrien Prevost, aged 24, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Antoine Prevost, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prévost Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Lewis Mallet Prevost, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802
  • François Lewis Mallet Prevost also settled in Philadelphia, in 1802
  • Nicolas Prevost, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Charles Prevost, aged 40, settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1823
  • Louis Prevost, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prévost Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Martin Prevost settled in Quebec in 1639
  • Marguerite Gaillard Prevost, who landed in Quebec in 1664
  • François Prevost settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Jacques Prevost settled in Quebec in 1669

Prévost Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Prevost landed in Quebec in 1725
  • Françoise Prevost settled in Quebec in 1735

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prévost (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prévost (post 1700)



  • Major General Augustine Prévost (1723-1786), Swiss-born, British soldier who served in the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence
  • Pierre Dominique Prévost, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Françoise Prévost (1930-1997), French actress, journalist and author
  • Florent Prévost (1794-1870), French naturalist and illustrator
  • Eugene Marcel Prévost (1862-1941), French author and dramatist
  • Daniel Prévost (b. 1939), French actor and humorist, best known for his role in the French television series Le Petit Rapporteur
  • Louis-Constant Prévost (1787-1856), French geologist
  • Charles Prévost (1899-1983), French chemist
  • Helene Prevost, French two time silver Olympic medalist for tennis during the 1900 games
  • Jean Prévost (1901-1944), French writer and Resistance fighter
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    7. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Prévost Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prévost 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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