The name Piccaud has a long French heritage that first began in northwestern region of Brittany
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Brittany.
Early Origins of the Piccaud family
The surname Piccaud was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the seigneurie of Vieilleville, an honor held by the family for several centuries.
Early History of the Piccaud family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Piccaud research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1673, 1733, 1620, 1682, 1669 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Piccaud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Piccaud Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Piccaud, including Picard, Piccard, Picaud, Piccaud, Picart, Piccart, Picarte, Piccarte, Picardet, Pichard, Pichat, Pichault, Picaut, Piccaut, Piccault and many more.
Early Notables of the Piccaud family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was Jean Picard, a French bookbinder and bookseller, active in the 1540s; and Bernard Picart (1673-1733), a French engraver, known for his book-illustrations, including the Bible and Ovid.
Jean-Félix Picard (1620-1682) was a French astronomer... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Piccaud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Piccaud family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Piccaud has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Piccaud were Pierre Picard, one of the earliest settlers, arrived in Quebec from Normandie in 1629; Hugues settled in New France from Brittany
in 1665; Louis Picard arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1759.