Parent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Parent family

The surname Parent was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where they held a family seat. Within its ancient history the family remained almost exclusively in the north-east of France, close to the Belgian border and in fact, branches of the name strayed over the border and became established in Flanders.

By the 14th century they had branched to Chatelet near Paris, to Launay in Valois, to Moiron in Soissennais, to Tour in Forez, and to Tournelles near Paris. Junior branches also acquired estates in Brittany, and Trieste. The latter branch became nobility in 1847, and Barons in 1873. Meanwhile, in the north-east branches appeared in Liege, de Namur, Flanders, Holland, Dieupart, and the Ardennnes.

Pierre Parent, son of André and Marie (née Goudray), was born in Mortagne-au-Perche, Normandy, France in 1610. He travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he worked as a butcher and he married Jeanne Badeau, daughter of Jacques and Anne (née Ardouin), at the home of Lord Giffard on 8th February 1654. They had fourteen children together, twelve sons and two daughters. All twelve of their sons eventually married and carried on the name of Parent in Canada. Jeanne passed away in Beauport, Quebec and was buried on 23rd November 1706. [1]

Early History of the Parent family

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Parent Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Parent, Parrent, De Parent, Du Parent, Parente, Parenteau, Parrente, Parant, Parrant, Parrante, Parante, Parend, Parents, Parrend, Parrende and many more.

Early Notables of the Parent family (pre 1700)

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United States Parent migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parent Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Parent, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • John Parent, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [2]
  • Francois Parent, who settled in Louisiana in 1729
  • Cornelius Parent, who arrived in New Jersey in 1754 [2]
  • Cornelius Parent, who settled in New Jersey in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Parent Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Leon S Parent, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1871 [2]
  • Charles Parent, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1883 [2]

Canada Parent migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parent Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Parent, who arrived in Quebec in 1651 from Saintonge
  • Michel Parent, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1692
Parent Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Parent, who settled in Quebec in 1749
  • Gabriel Parent, who arrived in Quebec from Normandie in 1754
  • Mr. Daniel Parent U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Parent U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]

Australia Parent migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Parent Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Leon. E. Parent, (b. 1847), aged 31, Canadian mason travelling aboard the ship "Hawkesbury" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 18th September 1878 [4]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Parent, (b. 1857), aged 21, American settler travelling aboard the ship "Hawkesbury" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 18th September 1878 [4]
  • Miss Catherine A. Parent, (b. 1878), aged Infant, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Hawkesbury" arriving in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 18th September 1878 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parent (post 1700) +

  • Dan Parent (b. 1964), American comic book artist and writer
  • Claude Parent (1923-2016), French architect
  • Roger Parent (1953-2016), Canadian politician, MLA in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (2011-2016)
  • Bernard Marcel "Bernie" Parent (b. 1945), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • André Parent (b. 1944), Canadian doctor and medical researcher from Quebec, winner of the 2002 Wilder-Penfield Prize
  • Mimi Parent (1924-2005), Canadian surrealist artist
  • Georges Parent (1879-1942), Canadian lawyer, and politician, who was the Speaker of the Canadian Senate (1940-1942)
  • Étienne Parent (1801-1874), French Canadian journalist and government official
  • Ryan Parent (b. 1987), Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman
  • Jean Jacques Clark Parent (b. 1951), Haitian writer, poet, composer, singer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 19). Emigrants to Australia NSW 1860 -88 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/nsw_passenger_lists_1860_88.pdf


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