Show ContentsPrevost History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. 1 Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old French word, "prevost", which signified someone of that title. 2

Early Origins of the Prevost family

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

Lords of Bonneseaux are cited in 1427 and maintained nobility of ancient extraction in 1669. The name was also found in Montreuil in the 18th century with a group of Lords from Bourgogne and a Commissioner General in the Navy. 1

François Prevost, born in 1638, son of Charles and Jeanne, was the Major of the Château Saint-Louis and Governor of Trois-Rivières. He married Geneviève Macard, daughter of Nicolas and Marguerite, in the province of Quebec on 1st August 1679. They remained together in Quebec until François passed away on 5th June 1702. 3

Early History of the Prevost family

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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.

Early Notables of the Prevost family

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...
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Prevost World Ranking

In the United States, the name Prevost is the 6,525th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 4 However, in Canada, the name Prevost is ranked the 591st most popular surname with an estimated 8,509 people with that name. 5 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Prevost is the 247th popular surname. 6 France ranks Prevost as 132nd with 22,734 people. 7

United States Prevost migration to the United States +

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 Quebec. 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
Prevost Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Marie Prevost, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 8
  • Adam Prevost, who settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Adam Prevost, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700 8
  • Adrien Prevost, aged 24, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 8
  • Antoine Prevost, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 8
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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 8
  • Charles Prevost, aged 40, settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1823
  • Louis Prevost, who arrived in New York, NY in 1845 8
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Canada Prevost migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Prevost Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Martin Prevost, who settled in Quebec in 1639
  • Marguerite Gaillard Prevost, who landed in Quebec in 1664
  • François Prevost, son of Marin and Catherine, who married Marguerite Gaillard, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Catherine, in Quebec on 26th July 1664 9
  • François Prevost, who settled in Quebec in 1665
  • Martin Prevost, son of Pierre and Charlotte, who married Marie D'Abancour, daughter of Adrien and Simone, in Quebec on 8th November 1665 9
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Prevost Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Prevost, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Élisabeth, who married Marguerite Dumets, daughter of Étienne and Jeanne-Françoise, in Boucherville, Quebec on 2nd December 1714 9
  • Eustache Prevost, son of Eustache and Élisabeth, who married Marie-Catherine Brazeau, daughter of Charles and Geneviève, in Montreal, Quebec on 1st December 1715 9
  • Ange Prevost, son of Louis and Marguerite, who married Marie Brisson, daughter of René and Anne, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 1st February 1719 9
  • Jean Prevost, who landed in Quebec in 1725
  • Françoise Prevost, who settled in Quebec in 1735
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West Indies Prevost migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 10
Prevost Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Prevost, who settled in Barbados in 1685

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 11
  • 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
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  9. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  11. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 12) Pierre Prévost. Retrieved from on Facebook