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Where did the French Poirier family come from? What is the French Poirier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Poirier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Poirier family history?

The name Poirier dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence in Normandy. The name Poirier could also be derived from the Old French word poirier, meaning pear tree, and was used to distinguish a person who lived near such a tree. In some cases the name may have also been used to indicate a person who sold pears or owned an orchard.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Poirier, some of which include Poirer, Poirrer, Poirier, Poirrier, Poiré, Poirré, Poirière, Poirrière, Poirez, Poirrez, Poiriez and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Amfreville.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Poirier research. Another 114 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1097 and 1167 are included under the topic Early Poirier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Poirier 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 Poirier were

Poirier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Poirier, who landed in New York in 1706
  • Jean Baptiste Poirier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • Rose Poirier, aged 18, landed in South Carolina in 1763
  • Basille Poirier, aged 10, landed in South Carolina in 1763
  • Charle Poirier, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763


Poirier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis B Poirier, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1844

Poirier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Mathurin Poirier, who arrived in Canada in 1663
  • Vincent Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1665
  • Jean Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Guyenne in 1668
  • Jean Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Béarn in 1669
  • Nicolas Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Poitou in 1689


Poirier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Poitou in 1709
  • Pierre Poirier, who arrived in Quebec also from Anjou in 1737
  • Pierre Poirier, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1741
  • Jacques Poirier, who landed in Canada in 1741
  • Judie Poirier, aged 15, arrived in Acadia in 1765


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  • Denise Poirier, American voice actress
  • Richard Poirier (b. 1925), American literary critic
  • Elizabeth Poirier (b. 1942), American politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1999-)
  • Kevin Poirier (b. 1940), American politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1977-1979)
  • Gregory Stephen Poirier (b. 1961), American Writers Guild of America Award wining film and television writer, director, and producer
  • Claude Poirier (b. 1938), Quebec negotiator and crime reporter
  • Jean Poirier (b. 1950), Canadian politician in Ontario, Canada
  • Luc Poirier (b. 1962), Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Rambo
  • Joseph Alphée Poirier (1899-1944), Canadian Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons, Member of Parliament for Bonaventure (1940-1944)
  • Alphée Poirier (1905-1978), Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Bellechasse (1952-1960)

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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: Oncques ne fauldray
Motto Translation: Never falter.

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The Poirier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Poirier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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