Perret History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Perret is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the name Peter. This name was a baptismal name that was originally derived from the French name Pierre and was a diminutive of the name Parrot, which means little Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. The name Perret is also a nickname type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.

Early Origins of the Perret family

The surname Perret was first found in Pembrokeshire where they were granted the lands of Ystington, Haroldston, and Carew Castle in that shire by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Sir Stephen Perrott married Helen, the daughter of Marchion Ap Rice, Prince of South Wales at the beginning of the 12th century. Thorp Perrot Hall is a large 18th-century country house standing in an estate on the northern edge of Snape village.

North Perrot(t) is a parish, in the union of Yeovil, hundred of Houndsborough, Berwick, and Coker, W. division of Somerset and South Perrot(t) is a parish, in the union of Beaminster, hundred of Beaminster-Forum, and Redhone, Bridport division of Dorset. [1]

Early History of the Perret family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perret research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1583, 1550, 1571, 1636, 1597, 1604, 1622, 1626, 1629, 1601, 1608, 1611, 1617, 1683, 1659, 1679, 1617, 1683, 1677, 1679, 1659, 1528, 1592, 1579 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Perret History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Perret Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Perret family name include Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.

Early Notables of the Perret family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Rober Perrot (died 1550), English organist of Magdalen College, Oxford, second son of George Perrot of Harroldston, Pembrokeshire; Sir James Perrot (1571-1636), a Welsh writer and politician, Member of Parliament for Haverfordwest in 1597, (1604-1622) and (1626-1629), Custos Rotulorum of Pembrokeshire...
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Ireland Migration of the Perret family to Ireland

Some of the Perret family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Perret migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Perret family to immigrate North America:

Perret Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Perret, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Hans Perret, who arrived in Carolina in 1744 [2]
  • John Perret, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [2]
  • Henri Perret, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772 [2]
Perret Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Perret, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]
  • Frederick Perret, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [2]

New Zealand Perret migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Perret Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Gilbert Thomas "Tom" Perret, (b. 1862), aged 1, English settler from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [3]
  • Mr. Francis "Frank" Thomas Perret, (b. 1822), aged 41, English shoemaker from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [3]
  • Mrs. Harriet Perret née Reeves, (b. 1827), aged 35, English settler from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [3]
  • Miss Emily "Emma" Jane Perret, (b. 1849), aged 13, English shoebinder from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [3]
  • Miss Eleanora Lavinia Perret, (b. 1852), aged 11, English settler from Somerset travelling from London aboard the ship "Tiptree" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1864 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Perret (post 1700) +

  • Craig Perret (b. 1951), American thoroughbred horse racing jockey who has had 4,415 career wins
  • Pierre Perret (b. 1934), French singer and composer
  • J.R. Perret, British head of Elswick Ordnance Company who designed warships such as the Brazilian Minas Geraes-class battleships and Rio de Janeiro
  • Déborah Perret, French voice actress
  • Jean-Marc Perret (b. 1975), British child actor, best known for his role as Prince Caspian in the BBC adaptation in 1989
  • Patrick Perret (b. 1953), former French racing cyclist who rode in eight editions of the Tour de France between 1975 and 1982
  • Léonce Joseph Perret (1880-1935), French film actor, director and producer
  • Auguste Perret (1874-1954), French architect, his post-World War II reconstruction of Le Havre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO


The Perret Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Amo ut invenio
Motto Translation: I love as I find


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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