Peyre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Peyre is from the Languedoc region of southern France, it came from the ancient Greek personal name, Petros and the Biblical name, Peter, meaning "rock."
Early Origins of the Peyre family
The surname Peyre was first found in Languedoc where this impressive family held a family seat since ancient times.
The family expanded, prospered and established the branches of the Lords of Saint Marcel, of Nîmes and of Bernis-Calvière. Bertrand III De Pierre was married four times, first in 1540 to Jeanne De Chalancon-Polignac, second to Christine De Geys in 1548, third to Guisette Duranc De Vibrac in 1550, and finally to Louis D'Artfeld in 1557. An important member of the military, Jean II, Lord of Bernis, was the mestre de camp (Commander of a cavalry regiment) under Henri IV during the 1500's. His son, Jean-Jacques, Lord of Bernis, commanded the Phalsbourg regiment, but he was killed at the Fontanette battle in Milanais in the 1600's. Descending from Jean, Joachim De Pierre, Lord of St-Marcel and of Bernis, was a Captain of the Cavalry and, in 1697, he married Marie-Elisabeth Du Chastel, daughter of Christophe, Baron of Condres, and of Louise Du Chastel, Baroness of Châteauneuf.
A decorated member of the military, François De Pierre, Lord of Loubatière, was a Captain of the Montconseil regiment who received the Grand-Cross of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem in the 1700's. One of the most remarkable members of the family, Pons-Simon, Viscount of Bernis, then Marquis of Pierre-Bernis, started off as a King's Page, then he became the Captain of the King's Dragoons. He continued to receive promotions: in 1771, Commander of the Dragoons; in 1776, Colonel of the Soissonais regiment; in 1784, Brigadier of the King's armies; in 1788, Camp Marshal of the King's armies, and then Baron of the Estates of Languedoc and of Albigeois. Many other members of the family received important honours for their military and civil services, but they are too numerous to list.
Pierre Lapierre, born in 1656, son of Blaise and Jeanne of St.Martin, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the Canadian province of Quebec he married Marie Gaudin, born on 29th April 1662, daughter of Charles and Marie, at Ange-Gardien on 8th October 1687. 
Important Dates for the Peyre family
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Peyre 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 Peyre is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Pierre, Pierres, De Pierre, De Pierres, Pyerre, Pyerres, De Pyerre, De Pyerres, Lapierre, Lapierres, La Pierre, La Pierres, La Pyerre, La Pyerres, Lanphere, Lanpher, Lanphier and many more.
Early Notables of the Peyre family (pre 1700)
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Peyre migration to the United States
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 Peyre 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 Peyre were
Peyre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- S Peyre, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- John Peyre, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1861 
Contemporary Notables of the name Peyre (post 1700)
- Henri Maurice Peyre (1901-1988), French-born American linguist, literary scholar and Sterling Professor of French Emeritus at Yale University
- Joseph Peyré (1892-1968), French writer who won the Prix Goncourt in 1935 for Sang et Lumières
- Sully-André Peyre (1890-1961), French poet and essayist from Le Cailar, Gard, France
- Thibault Peyre (b. 1992), French footballer who currently plays for Union SG in the Belgian First Division B
- Florent Peyre (b. 1980), French comedian, known for his work on the comedy show On n'demande qu'à en rire
- André Pacifique Peyre, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Elisha Peyre Ferry (1825-1895), American politician, 10th Governor of Washington Territory (1872-1880), 1st Governor of Washington (1889-1893)
- Natacha Peyre Requena, Swedish singer, and glamour model
- Francis Peyre Porcher (1825-1895), American surgeon, who authored a major work on the medicinal properties of the trees, and plants of the Confederate South
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