Periers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Periers 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 Periers family

The surname Periers 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]

Early History of the Periers family

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

Periers Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Periers, including Périer, Perrier, Perriere, Perrieres, Perriére, Périers, Perriers, du Perrier, La Perrier and many more.

Early Notables of the Periers family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Periers family

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Periers has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Periers were Laurent Perrier who arrived in Quebec in 1690 from Guyenne; Peter Perrier arrived in America in 1774; Pierre Perrier arrived in Louisiana in 1752; George Perrier arrived in Philadelphia in 1805. In Newfoundland Dominic and Simon Perrier were fishermen at Sandy Point in George's Bay in 1871.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. on Facebook
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