Perras History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Perras can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Perras came from the personal name Pietro, or Peter, which is itself derived from the Greek word petrus meaning rock.

Early Origins of the Perras family

The surname Perras was first found in Piedmont (Italian: Piemonte, Piedmontese and Occitan: Piemont), where Giuseppe Peracchio, was listed as a brave soldier during the 11th century.

Early History of the Perras family

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Perras Spelling Variations

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Perras include Perri, Peri, Perrico, Perotti, Perotta, Perracco, Perracho, Perrachino, Perrachini, Peracchio, Perrachio, Perotti, Perricone, Peracca, Perachis, Peracini, Peraga, Perazzo, Peralta, Peralto, Perolto, Peretti, Peretto, Perini, Perino and many more.

Early Notables of the Perras family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Niccol Perolto, a 15th century humanist from Fano who specialized in Latin and Greek translation. Antonio and Pietro Peracchio received the castle of Pieve di Livone in 1536; from this same family, Antonio and Michele Peracchio were officially recognized as noblemen and were given the castle of Pia in 1408. The Peralta family in Sicily possessed over 8 feudal territories, and 11 other lands. Guglielmo Peralta was President of Sicily as well as Grand Chancellor and Treasurer. Also prominent was a Peretti of Montalto, who in 1585 was elected Pope with the new name...
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Canada Perras migration to Canada +

Immigrants bearing the name Perras or a variant listed above include:

Perras Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Perras, who married Denise Lemaistre, daughter of Denis and Catherine, in Montreal, Quebec on 26th January 1660 [1]
  • Pierre Perras, son of Pierre and Denise, who married Marguerite Diel, daughter of Charles and Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 18th November 1696 [1]
  • Jean Perras, son of Pierre and Denise, who married Marguerite Testu, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in La Prairie, Quebec on 7th June 1698 [1]
Perras Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Perras, son of Pierre and Marguerite, who married Marie Crépin, daughter of Claude and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 1st December 1724 [1]
  • Clément Perras, son of Jean and Madeleine, who married Élisabeth Supernant, daughter of Laurent and Jeanne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 3rd November 1733 [1]
  • André Perras, son of Jean and Madeleine, who married Catherine Leber, daughter of François and Marie-Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 21st November 1740 [1]
  • Jacques Perras, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Thérèse Guy, daughter of Pierre-Théodore and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 9th November 1750 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Perras (post 1700) +

  • Mike Perras (b. 1963), Canadian DJ and producer from Montreal, known for having produced the 1991 singles “Beginning of Life” and “Keep Moving”
  • Fizalam-William Perras (1876-1936), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Wright, Quebec (1925-1936)
  • Dominique Perras, retired Canadian professional cyclist, active from 2000 to 2008
  • Anita Perras, Canadian Country Music Association award winning and Juno Award nominated country music singer
  • Scott Perras (b. 1983), Canadian biathlete at the 2014 Winter Olympics


  1. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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