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The surname Prevost is a ancient French name. It was a name given to a person from Brittany who was a prefect or chief magistrate. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word prevost, which signified someone of that title.

Prevost Early Origins



The surname Prevost was first found in Britanny (Bretagne) where this noble family originated in ancient times.

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Prevost Spelling Variations


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Prevost Spelling Variations



The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Prevost is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Prévost, Prévoste, Prévosts, Prévostes, Prévaust, Prévauste, Prévaustes, Prévausts, de Prévost, du Prévost and many more.

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Prevost Early History


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Prevost Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prevost research. Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1547, 1580, 1622, 1753, 1830, 1831, 1848, 1729, 1732, 1865, 1680, 1741, 1638, 1702, 1665, 1697 and 1763 are included under the topic Early Prevost History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prevost Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prevost Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst this name at this time was Louis-Constant Prévost-Paradol, journalist, Man of Letters, member of the French Academy; Françoise Prévost ( c. 1680-1741), a French ballerina; François Provost (1638-1702), French-born...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prevost Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Prevost were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Prevost were

Prevost Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mr. Prevost, who settled in Carolina in 1679
  • A. Prevost, a Huguenot who arrived in Carolina from England in 1679
  • John Prevost settled in Barbados in 1685

Prevost Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Prevost settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Adam Prevost, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700
  • Marie Prevost, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Adrien Prevost, aged 24, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Antoine Prevost, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prevost Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Lewis Mallet Prevost, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1802
  • François Lewis Mallet Prevost also settled in Philadelphia, in 1802
  • Nicolas Prevost, who landed in Louisiana in 1805-1809
  • Charles Prevost, aged 40, settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1823
  • Louis Prevost, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Prevost Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Martin Prevost settled in Quebec in 1639
  • Marguerite Gaillard Prevost, who landed in Quebec in 1664
  • François Prevost settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Jacques Prevost settled in Quebec in 1669

Prevost Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Prevost landed in Quebec in 1725
  • Françoise Prevost settled in Quebec in 1735

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prevost (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prevost (post 1700)



  • Major General Augustine Prévost (1723-1786), Swiss-born, British soldier who served in the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence
  • Pierre Dominique Prévost, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Françoise Prévost (1930-1997), French actress, journalist and author
  • Florent Prévost (1794-1870), French naturalist and illustrator
  • Eugene Marcel Prévost (1862-1941), French author and dramatist
  • Daniel Prévost (b. 1939), French actor and humorist, best known for his role in the French television series Le Petit Rapporteur
  • Louis-Constant Prévost (1787-1856), French geologist
  • Charles Prévost (1899-1983), French chemist
  • Helene Prevost, French two time silver Olympic medalist for tennis during the 1900 games
  • Jean Prévost (1901-1944), French writer and Resistance fighter
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Prevost Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prevost 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 August 2015 at 18:12.

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