Pichard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Pichard 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 Pichard family

The surname Pichard was first found in Picardy (Picardie in French) where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Vieilleville, an honor held by the family for several centuries.

"The Société des Antiquaires de Picardy, it appears, considers that Picard denoted a pike-man; and it is surmised that Picardie was famous tor this class of soldier." [1]

Early History of the Pichard family

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Pichard Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Pichard include Picard, Piccard, Picaud, Piccaud, Picart, Piccart, Picarte, Piccarte, Picardet, Pichard, Pichat, Pichault, Picaut, Piccaut, Piccault and many more.

Early Notables of the Pichard family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this period 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...
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Pichard Ranking

In France, the name Pichard is the 775th most popular surname with an estimated 6,432 people with that name. [2]

United States Pichard migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Pichard surname were

Pichard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Jacob Pichard, who arrived in South Carolina in 1738 [3]
Pichard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Olympia Pichard, who settled in Texas in 1860
  • William Pichard, who arrived in Arkansas in 1884 [3]

Canada Pichard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Pichard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Pichard, who landed in Montreal in 1653
Pichard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Private. Prosser Pichard U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Pichard (post 1700) +

  • Jean-Pierre Pichard (1945-2021), French musician and academic, known for organizing events promoting the culture of Brittany, co-founder of the Festival Interceltique de Lorient
  • Françoise Pichard (b. 1941), French far-right political cartoonist
  • Georges Pichard (1920-2003), French comics artist
  • Michel Pichard, legal counselor, Neuilly-sur-Seine
  • Jérôme Pichard, financial consultant, Paris
  • Roger Pichard du Page, economist, Paris

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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