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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".

Early Origins of the Perreault family

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

They also branched to the regions of Neufchatel, île-de-France, at Chazelle and Courcelles, the Franch Comte at Viseney, Paris (Ablancourt) and Geneva. They were elected to the noblesse as Barons of the Empire. The Pieroway variant is an interesting one. Some sources believe the name to be a Channel Islands variant and a branch of the family settled on Sandy Point, Newfoundland. Today the family can be found in Stephenville, St. Georges and in the Corner Brook area of Newfoundland. [1] Ada Pieroway of St. Georges, married Ronald MacDonald of Antigonish who won the second Boston Marathon in 1898 and Stella Pieroway, a teacher at St. Geroges, married James Ronald MacDonnell, Newfoundland politician who represented St. Georges in the Newfoundland House of Assembly from 1919 to 1923.

Jacques Perrault and his wife Marguerite (née Cache) of Saint-Jacques, Bourgogne, had two sons, François and Jacques. François, a merchant, and Jacques, a surgeon, travelled together to New France in the early 1700's. François married Suzanne Page, daughter of Guillaume and Elisabeth (née Letartre), in Quebec on 26th November 1715. Jacques married Marie-Elisabeth Navers, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Françoise (née Sauvin), in Château-Richer on 10th January 1724. [2]

Early History of the Perreault family

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Perreault Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Perreault family (pre 1700)

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), French Jansenist and historian; and his brothers, Claude Perrault (1613-1688), French architect...
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Perreault World Ranking

In the United States, the name Perreault is the 3,834th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Perreault is ranked the 176th most popular surname with an estimated 20,260 people with that name. [4] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Perreault is the 55th popular surname. [5]

Migration of the Perreault family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Perreault (post 1700) +

  • John Lucas Perreault (1937-2015), American poet, art curator and an art critic of French-Canadian descent
  • Pete Perreault (1939-2001), American football guard
  • Robert M. Perreault (1931-1980), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Fern Perreault (b. 1927), Canadian professional ice hockey player who played three games in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers (1946-1947)
  • Gilbert Perreault (b. 1950), Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played for 17 seasons in the NHL, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, 1990
  • Mathieu Perreault (b. 1988), Canadian NHL ice hockey centre for the Winnipeg Jets from Drummondville, Quebec
  • Robert Perreault (b. 1949), Canadian politician and administrator, Director-General of the Conseil regional de l'environnement de Montreal (2001-2007), Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (Quebec) (1998-2000), Minister responsible for the Montreal region (Quebec) (1997-1998)
  • Sarah Perreault (b. 1962), Canadian politician who represented Chauveau in the Quebec National Assembly as a Liberal from 2003 to 2007
  • Annie Perreault (b. 1971), Canadian short track speed skater
  • Yanic Perreault (b. 1971), Canadian professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League

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 [6]

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  4. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  5. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  6. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook