Perier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Perier is an ancient French name that was given to a person from Brittany who was a stone cutter as the name was originally derived from the Old French word Pierre meaning stone.

Early Origins of the Perier family

The surname Perier was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Kerhuel and also at Launay in that same region. The family were elevated to the Comtes de Quintin in 1421. "An ancient and noble family of Brittany, traced in the archives of the Collège Héraldique at Paris, to the tenth century, and to the ancient dukes and princes of that province". [1]

Important Dates for the Perier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perier research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1594, 1649, 1800, 1863, 1869, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Perier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Perier Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Périer, Perrier, Perriere, Perrieres, Perriére, Périers, Perriers, du Perrier, La Perrier and many more.

Early Notables of the Perier family (pre 1700)

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Perier migration to Canada

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. 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, Acadia 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 Perier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Perier were

Perier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Perier, who arrived in Acadia in 1658
  • Mr. Jean Perier, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 17th January 1658 [2]
Perier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Jacques Perier, son of Jean and Marie, married Marguerite Paré, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Lachine, Quebec on 30th November 1711 [3]
  • Laurent Perier, son of Laurent and Marie, married Jeanne Dumas, daughter of René and Marie, in La Prairie, Quebec on 22nd July 1714 [3]
  • Jean Perier, son of Laurent and Marie, married Catherine Gousset, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 14th November 1718 [3]
  • Jean-Baptiste Perier, son of Jean-Jacques and Marguerite, married Marie-Charlotte Pilon, daughter of Thomas and Madeleine, in Pointe-Claire, Quebec on 7th January 1743 [3]
  • Pierre Perier, son of Jean and Catherine, married Marie-Josephte Lemieux, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Josephte, in La Prairie, Quebec on 6th February 1747 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Perier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Perier, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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