Perrin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Perrin family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the ancient given name Peter which anciently meant rock or stone. "The Counts du Perrin held large possessions in the district of Nosiere, in France, but being Huguenots, the family were compelled to quit their native land, in the earlier part of the XVIII. century, and they settled in Lisburn, in Ireland. Several members of the family have distinguished themselves at the Irish bar, and one is well known as the author of an excellent grammar of his ancestral language. " [1]

Early Origins of the Perrin family

The surname Perrin was first found in Northumberland where Perrinus uadletus (Latin form) was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1207. John Pirun was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Gloucestershire in 1166 and Geoffrey Perrun was listed as a Knights Templar in Lincolnshire in 1185. A few years later, Henry Piron was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1194 in Oxfordshire. [2]

Further to the south in Cornwall, the parish of Perran-Zabuloe is of interest to us. "St. Piran, the supposed patron of the tinners, the performer of miracles, the solitary hermit, and the Bishop of Cornwall took up his abode. 'Piran,' according to Leland, 'was born in Ireland within the province of Ostrige. Domuel was his father, and Wingela his mother. Piran was the disciple of St. Patrick. Piran came into Britain, died and was buried in Britain; and Wingela the mother of Piran inhabited in a place near her son with holy virgins.' At a period subsequent to the Norman Conquest, this manor is said to have belonged to a family called St. Piran, but whether related to the ancient saint is very uncertain." [3]

Early History of the Perrin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perrin research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1553, 1642, 1719 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Perrin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Perrin Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Perrin, Perren, Perrine, Peren, Perring, Perrins and others.

Early Notables of the Perrin family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Peryn (died 1558), Dominican, who was probably connected with the Perins of Shropshire, prior of the Dominican house of St. Bartholomew in Smithfield...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perrin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Perrin migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Perrin or a variant listed above:

Perrin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Arthur and Richard Perrin, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Richard Perrin, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Arthur Perrin, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [4]
  • John Perrin, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [4]
  • Fortune Perrin, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Perrin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Claude Perrin, aged 25, who landed in Louisiana in 1720 [4]
Perrin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Perrin, who arrived in America in 1806 [4]
  • Mathew Perrin, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Elizabeth Perrin, who landed in New York in 1845 [4]
  • Jeremiah Perrin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [4]
  • Charles L Perrin, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Perrin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest William Wall Perrin, who arrived in Arkansas in 1901 [4]

Canada Perrin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Perrin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Perrin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 5th April 1645 [5]
  • Henry Perrin, who landed in Montreal in 1650
  • Jeanne Perrin, aged 18, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Miss Jeanne Perrin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 16th April 1658 [5]
  • Henri Perrin, son of François and Marguerite, who married Jeanne Merrin, daughter of Michel and Catherine, in Montreal, Quebec on 18th July 1661 [6]
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Perrin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Perrin, son of Mathieu and Jeanne, who married Jeanne Durand, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Champlain, Quebec on 30th June 1716 [6]
  • Antoine Perrin, son of Jacques and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Chotard, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th June 1720 [6]
  • Antoine Perrin sailed from Languedoc in 1720 for Quebec
  • Joseph-Jilles Perrin, who arrived in Quebec in 1723 from Brittany
  • Joseph-Gilles Perrin, son of Jean and Pérette, who married Marie-Josephte Laroche, daughter of Innocent and Marie, in Repentigny, Quebec on 8th February 1723 [6]
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Perrin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Barrington Perrin, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1806 [7]
  • James Perrin was a fisherman at Turnip Cove, Fortune Bay, Newfoundland in 1871 [7]

Australia Perrin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Perrin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Perrin, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • John Perrin, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1837 [9]
  • Eliza Perrin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837 [10]
  • Miss Catherine Perrin, (b. 1821), aged 18, Cornish servant, from Lanreath, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th September 1839 [11]
  • Mr. John Perrin, (b. 1800), aged 39, Cornish farm labourer, from Lanreath, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Amelia Thompson" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 27th September 1839 [11]
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New Zealand Perrin 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:

Perrin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Rhonda Perrin, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edmund Perrin, aged 28, a brickmaker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mary Perrin, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Perrin, (b. 1827), aged 33, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [12]
  • Mr. John Perrin, (b. 1829), aged 31, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Gananoque" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 9th May 1860 [12]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Perrin (post 1700) +

  • Jesse Bennett Perrin (1959-2017), professional American football safety for the St. Louis Cardinals (1982–1985)
  • Brigadier-General Herbert Towle Perrin (1893-1962), American Assistant Commanding General 106th Division (1943-1946) [13]
  • Brigadier-General Edwin Sanders Perrin (1905-1946), American Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters US Army Air Forces (1943-1944) [14]
  • Harold Ernest Perrin CBE (1878-1948), British aviation pioneer
  • Nat Perrin (1905-1998), American comedy writer who contributed to several Marx Brothers films
  • Louis Perrin (1782-1864), Irish judge from Waterford, son of Jean Baptiste Perrin ( fl. 1786), born in France; he was appointed a puisne justice of the king's bench, Ireland, on 31 Aug. 1835
  • Claude Victor- Perrin, Duke of Belluno, French Marshall of the Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [15]
  • Joseph Perrin, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [16]
  • Don Perrin (b. 1964), Canadian writer and former military officer
  • Francis Perrin (1901-1992), French physicist, high-commissioner for atomic energy, from 1951 to 1970
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Helen Bertha  Perrin (1906-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [17]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alfred J Perrin (b. 1913), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Hawkswood, Hailsham, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Charles Perrin (d. 1912), aged 39, English Boots Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [19]


The Perrin 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: Impavidun feriunt ruinae
Motto Translation: Danger shall strike me unappalled.


Suggested Readings for the name Perrin +

  • 1651 The John Perrin Family of Rehoboth, Massachusetts by Stanley Ernest Perin.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  6. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  7. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) KATHERINE STEWART FORBES 1837 arrived Holdfast Bay, near Adelaide, on October 17, 1837. . Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837KatherineStewartForbes.htm
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Navarino.htm
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Herbert Perrin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Perrin/Herbert_Towle/USA.html
  14. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Edwin Perrin. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Perrin/Edwin_Sanders/USA.html
  15. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Claude Perrin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  16. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Joseph Perrin. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  17. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  19. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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