Languedoc during the Middle Ages. It comes from the ancient Greek personal name Petros which was also borne by the Biblical St. Peter. Literally, the name means rock.
Early Origins of the Saintpeere family
Languedoc where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Castel, where eventually in later times they became the Barons of Saint-Pierre.
Early History of the Saintpeere family
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Saintpeere 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 Saintpeere is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Saint-Pierre, Saint-Peere, St- Perre, St-Pierr, Saintpierre, Saint-Pierre, Saintpeere, Saint-Peere, Saint-Perre, Saintperre, Saintpeere and many more.
Early Notables of the Saintpeere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saintpeere family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. 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 Saintpeere were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Saintpeere were Jean Batiste Saint-Pierre who arrived in Quebec from Gasgogne in 1755; Pierre Saint-Pierre arrived from Limousin to Quebec in 1681; Pierre Saint-Pierre arrived in Quebec in 1679 from Normandy..
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