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The French name Prou was derived from the French name Preux, a nickname meaning "wise," "worthy," or "valiant."

Prou Early Origins



The surname Prou was first found in Brittany, where this eminent family was established in ancient times.

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Prou Spelling Variations


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Prou Spelling Variations



Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Prou some of which are Proulx, Leproulx, Proux, Leproux, Prou, Leprou, Preux, Lepreux, Proust, Leproust, Prousteau, Leprousteau, Prouet and many more.

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Prou Early History


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Prou Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Prou research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1574, 1693, 1725, 1766, 1817, 1655, 1706, 1754 and 1826 are included under the topic Early Prou History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prou Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Prou Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Prou 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



In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. 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, Acadia 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 Prou were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Prou were

Prou Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cyprian Prou, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1684
  • Margaret Prou, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1684

Prou Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Prou, who married Jacquette Fournier in Quebec in 1673
  • Jean-Baptiste Prou, who married Catherine Pinel in Quebec in 1676
  • Denis Prou, who married Marie-Anne Gagné in Cap-St-Ignace in 1699

Prou Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Antoine Prou, who married Marie-Anne Roy in Ponte-Claire, Quebec in 1747
  • Louis Prou, who married Marie-Anne Brassard in Nicolet, Quebec in 1784

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Contemporary Notables of the name Prou (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Prou (post 1700)



  • Jacques Prou (1655-1706), French Academic Baroque sculptor
  • Maurice Prou (1861-1930), French historian and the author of "La Gaule Mérovin" (1897)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Prou Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Prou 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 9 September 2013 at 20:01.

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