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The ancestors of the Perea family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The name Perea is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.

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The surname Perea was first found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century. Thorp Perrot Hall is a large 18th-century country house standing in an estate on the northern edge of Snape village.

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perea research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1571, 1636, 1597, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1629, 1601, 1608, 1611, 1617, 1683, 1677, 1679, 1659, 1528, 1592 and 1579 are included under the topic Early Perea History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Stephen Perrot, ancient scion of the family; Sir James Perrot (1571-1636), a Welsh writer and politician, Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest in 1597, (1604-1622)...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perea Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Perea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Perea or a variant listed above:

Perea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Perea, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803
  • Francisco De Perea, who landed in America in 1812
  • Cristobal Perea, who arrived in America in 1827
  • Antonio Perea, who arrived in America in 1838
  • Jose Perea, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1854
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  • Francisco Perea (1830-1913), American Republican to the Thirty-eighth Congress and Union Army officer in the American Civil War
  • Pedro Perea (1852-1906), American elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth Congress, cousin of Francisco Perea
  • Henry T. Perea (b. 1977), American politician, Member of the California State Assembly (2010-)
  • Robert Perea, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Mexico, 2008
  • Pedro Perea (1852-1906), American politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1899-1901
  • Mike Perea, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1980
  • Henry T. Perea, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 2008
  • Francisco Perea (1830-1913), American politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1863
  • Édgar José Perea Arias (1934-2016), Colombian politician, footballer, radio and TV commentator, Colombia Ambassador to South Africa (2009-2016), Colombia Ambassador to Mozambique (2009-2016), Colombia Ambassador to Botswana (2010-2016)
  • Luis Alberto Perea Pérez (b. 1986), Colombian footballer
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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: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find

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    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Perea Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perea 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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