The history of the Pierret name began during the Middle Ages in a region known as Brittany
. The French name is derived from the popular French personal name
Pierre, which comes from the ancient name Petros, or Peter, meaning rock.
Early Origins of the Pierret family
The surname Pierret was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
in the seigneurie of Launay and Vieux Launay.
Early History of the Pierret family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Pierret research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1898, 1919, 1923, 1644, 1717, 1644, 1691, 1670, 1684, 1687, 1611, 1661, 1613, 1688, 1608, 1680, 1628, 1703, 1644 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Pierret History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Pierret 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 Pierret, including Perot, Perrot, Perrotte, Perreault, Perault, Perrault, de Perrot, De Perrot, De Perot, De Perault, De Perrault, Perrott, Perrau, Perraut, Perroud, Peroud, Perraud, Perrauld, Perauld, Peraud, Perroux, Peroux and many more.
Early Notables of the Pierret family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was Nicolas Perrot (1644-1717), French explorer, diplomat, and fur trader, one of the first white men in the Upper Mississippi Valley; François-Marie Perrot (1644-1691), French Governor of Montreal by a royal commission in 1670, and later Governor of Acadia (1684-1687); Nicolas Perot (ca. 1611-1661)... Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Pierret Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Pierret family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Pierret 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 Pierret were Pierre Perrault who arrived in Quebec from Angoumois on the west coast of France in 1730; Nicolas(1660) and Pierre(1763) arrived in Quebec from Bourgogne.
Contemporary Notables of the name Pierret (post 1700)
- Didier Faivre- Pierret (1965-1992), French bronze medalist cyclist at the 1992 Summer Olympics