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

Early Origins of the Proust family


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

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Early History of the Proust family

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Early History of the Proust family


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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 Proust History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Proust Spelling Variations

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Proust Spelling Variations


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Proust include Proulx, Leproulx, Proux, Leproux, Prou, Leprou, Preux, Lepreux, Proust, Leproust, Prousteau, Leprousteau, Prouet and many more.

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Early Notables of the Proust family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Proust family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Proust family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Proust family to the New World and Oceana


Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Proust 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 Proust were 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Proust (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Proust (post 1700)


  • Dominique Proust, French astrophysicist and an organist
  • Eugène Michey Proust (b. 1921), French footballer
  • Joseph Louis Proust (1754-1826), French chemist
  • Antonin Proust (1832-1905), French journalist and politician
  • Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, considered one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century
  • Jean-Paul Proust (b. 1940), the current Minister of State of Monaco

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