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Prade History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The region of ancient France known as Auvergne is where the name Prade was born. Prade was a name for someone who lived in the modern administrative departments of Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme. While the old provinces were divided into the current "departments" in 1790, almost all of the French refer to themselves as if they were still resident in the medieval province instead of the current department.

Early Origins of the Prade family

The surname Prade was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family has been traced from early times.

Early History of the Prade family

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Prade Spelling Variations

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 Prade, some of which include Prat, Prats, Pras, Prate, Prates, Pratte, Prattes, Prad, Prads, Prade, Prades, Praf, Prafs, Prafe, Prafes, Praffe, Praffes, Prap, Praps, Prape, Prapes, Prappe, Prappes, DuPrat, De la Prat, DePrat, Deprat, De Prat, du Prat and many more.

Early Notables of the Prade family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Prade 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 Prade 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 Prade were Jacques Prate settled in Philadelphia in 1832; John Prat settled in Virginia in 1607.

The Prade Motto

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: Spes mea Deus
Motto Translation: God is my hope.

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