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The history of the Perreault name began during the Middle Ages in a region known as Brittany. The French name is derived from the popular French personal name Pierre, which comes from the ancient name Petros, or Peter, meaning rock.


The surname Perreault was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Launay and Vieux Launay.

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Perreault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Perot, Perrot, Perrotte, Perreault, Perault, Perrault, de Perrot, De Perrot, De Perot, De Perault, De Perrault, Perrott, Perrau, Perraut, Perroud, Peroud, Perraud, Perrauld, Perauld, Peraud, Perroux, Peroux and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perreault research. Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1664, 1613, 1688, 1628, 1703, 1810, 1892, 1925, 1644, 1717, 1644, 1691, 1670, 1684, 1687, 1611, 1661, 1613, 1688, 1608, 1680, 1628, 1703, 1644 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Perreault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst this name at this time was Nicolas Perrot (1644-1717), French explorer, diplomat, and fur trader, one of the first white men in the Upper Mississippi Valley; François-Marie Perrot (1644-1691), French Governor of Montreal by a royal commission in 1670, and later Governor of Acadia (1684-1687); Nicolas Perot ( ca. 1611-1661)...

Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perreault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Perreault surname were Pierre Perrault who arrived in Quebec from Angoumois on the west coast of France in 1730; Nicolas(1660) and Pierre(1763) arrived in Quebec from Bourgogne.


  • John Lucas Perreault (1937-2015), American poet, art curator and an art critic of French-Canadian descent
  • Pete Perreault (1939-2001), American football guard
  • Fern Perreault (b. 1927), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Sarah Perreault (b. 1962), former political figure in Quebec
  • Robert Perreault (b. 1949), Canadian politician
  • Annie Perreault (b. 1971), Canadian short track speed skater
  • Robert M. Perreault (1931-1980), retired Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Mathieu Perreault (b. 1988), Canadian ice hockey centre
  • Yanic Perreault (b. 1971), Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League
  • Gilbert Perreault (b. 1950), Canadian professional (NHL) hall of fame hockey player

Perreault Historic Events

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Mary Anne Perreault, aged 33, Canadian First Class passenger from Montreal, Quebec who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3

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    Other References

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    5. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
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    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Perreault Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Perreault 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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