Perrett is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Perrett 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 Perrett is also a nickname
type of surname for someone who likes to talk or chat like a parrot.
Early Origins of the Perrett family
The surname Perrett 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Perrett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perrett research.Another 214 words (15 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 Perrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Perrett Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Perrett are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Perrett include Perrot, Parrott, Parrot, Perrott, Perot, Perott, Perrett and many more.
Early Notables of the Perrett 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Perrett family to Ireland
Some of the Perrett family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Perrett family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Perrett, or a variant listed above:
Perrett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Perrett, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1777 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Perrett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Abram Perrett, who landed in Red River, Canada in 1821
- John Perrett, who settled in Bay of Islands, Newfoundland in 1875 CITATION[CLOSE]
Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
Perrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Perrett, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Baboo.htm
- John Perrett, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
- Charles Perrett, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Magdelana" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Wednesday 17th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdelana 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1855.shtml
- Harriet Perrett, aged 28, a housemaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Norman"
Perrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Perrett, aged 33, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ballochmyle" in 1874
- John Perrett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
- Robert Perrett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
- Fanny Perrett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1880
Contemporary Notables of the name Perrett (post 1700)
- George Richard Perrett (1915-1952), English professional footballer who played for Fulham (1935-1936) and Ipswich Town (1936-1950)
- Russell Perrett (b. 1973), English former footballer who played from 1994 to 2008
- Robert Perrett (1919-1994), English footballer who played from 1937 to 1942
- Peter Perrett (b. 1952), English singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist and principal songwriter for the rock band the Only Ones
- Amanda Perrett, English race horse trainer who runs the Coombelands Racing Stables in Pulborough, West Sussex, daughter of Guy Harwood; their stable has won over three hundred races
- Mark Perrett (b. 1973), former Welsh international rugby league player
- Lucy Perrett (b. 1960), British sprint canoer who competed in 1984 Summer Olympics
- Lloyd Perrett (b. 1994), New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
- Jeff Perrett (b. 1984), retired Canadian football offensive tackle from Lethbridge, Alberta, awarded the Leo Dandurand Trophy (2014)
- David Ian Perrett FBA FRSE (b. 1954), British professor of psychology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, awarded the British Psychological Society President's Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge in 2000
- ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
The Perrett 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