Brittany who was a stone cutter as the name was originally derived from the Old French word Pierre meaning stone.
Early Origins of the Perriers family
Brittany where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Kerhuel and also at Launay in that same region. The family were elevated to the Comtes de Quintin in 1421. "An ancient and noble family of Brittany, traced in the archives of the Collège Héraldique at Paris, to the tenth century, and to the ancient dukes and princes of that province." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Perriers family
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Perriers Spelling Variations
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 Perriers is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Périer, Perrier, Perriere, Perrieres, Perriére, Périers, Perriers, du Perrier, La Perrier and many more.
Early Notables of the Perriers family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Perriers family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Perriers has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Perriers were Laurent Perrier who arrived in Quebec in 1690 from Guyenne; Peter Perrier arrived in America in 1774; Pierre Perrier arrived in Louisiana in 1752; George Perrier arrived in Philadelphia in 1805. In Newfoundland Dominic and Simon Perrier were fishermen at Sandy Point in George's Bay in 1871.
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