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Where did the English Peran family come from? What is the English Peran family crest and coat of arms? When did the Peran family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Peran family history?

The name Peran reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Peran family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Peran is based on the ancient given name Peter which anciently meant rock or stone.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Peran are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Peran include Perrin, Perren, Perrine, Peren, Perring, Perrins and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Peran research. Another 149 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1642, 1719 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Peran History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Peran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Peran, or a variant listed above:

Peran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • James Peran, who landed in Virginia in 1703

Peran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jose Peran, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829

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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: Impavidun feriunt ruinae
Motto Translation: Danger shall strike me unappalled.

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The Peran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Peran 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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