Peltier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French family name Peltier dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a Norman name given to a furrier. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word "pellet", meaning "animal skin", and was used to indicate a person in the trade of removing and selling the skins of animals.

Early Origins of the Peltier family

The surname Peltier was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the honors of Martinville, Molande, Ravinieres and Houssaye.

After the revolution this aristocratic family were made Barons of the Empire in the early 19th century. They also appeared in l'île-de-France, and Lyonnais and Toulouse to the south of France. Notable was Pierre Pelletier, French chemist, 1788-1842, who discovered, together with Caventou, the sulphate of quinine, and Jean Charles Paltier, French Physician 1785-1845.

Guillaume Pelletier, born in 1598 in Orne, France, came to Canada with his wife, Michelle (née Mabille). They married in France on 12th February 1619 and had two sons before travelling to the New World together. Guillaume worked in Quebec as a carpenter and had six more children with Michelle. Jean, their oldest son, was born on 12th June 1627. He married Anne Langlois in Quebec on 15th November 1649. Jean died in Rivière-Ouelle and was buried there on 25th February 1698. [1]

Early History of the Peltier family

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Peltier Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Peltier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Peletier, Pelletier, Pelletiers, Pelletiere, Pelletierre, le Pelletiere, Peltier, Peltiers, Peltiere, Peltierre, Le Peltier, Pellettier, Pellettiere, Peltear, Pelteare and many more.

Early Notables of the Peltier family (pre 1700)

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Peltier Ranking

In the United States, the name Peltier is the 4,439th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Peltier is ranked the 281st most popular surname with an estimated 14,016 people with that name. [3]

United States Peltier migration to the United States +

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 Quebec. 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 Peltier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Peltier were

Peltier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gideon Peltier, who arrived in Virginia in 1696 [4]
Peltier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Peltier, aged 21, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [4]
  • Louis Peltier, who landed in America in 1788 [4]
Peltier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Felix Peltier, who arrived in New York in 1822 [4]
  • Germain Peltier, aged 31, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [4]
  • Hypolite Peltier, aged 34, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [4]
  • Joseph Peltier, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • F Peltier, who landed in Arkansas in 1898 [4]

Canada Peltier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Peltier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Rene Peltier, who landed in Canada in 1664

Contemporary Notables of the name Peltier (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Copus Peltier (1900-1980), American amateur astronomer, eponym of the Asteroid 3850 Peltier, awarded the Leslie C. Peltier Award of the Astronomical League
  • Harvey Andrew Peltier Jr., (1923-1980), American politician, Louisiana State Senator (1964-1976), posthumously inducted into the Louisiana Political Museum
  • Pierre-Jean Peltier (b. 1984), French gold medalist rower at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Jean Charles Athanase Peltier (1785-1845), French physicist who introduced the Peltier effect
  • Johan Peltier (b. 1992), Trinidad and Tobago professional football forward
  • Lee Anthony Peltier (b. 1986), English footballer

USS Arizona
  • Mr. John Arthur Peltier, American Electrician's Mate Third Class from Ohio, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]

The Peltier Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Adversis moveri nefas
Motto Translation: Turning away from wickedness.

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook