The name Saintperre was spawned from the landscape of southern France, known as 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 Saintperre family
The surname Saintperre was first found in 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 Saintperre family
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Saintperre 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, Saintperre some of which are 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 Saintperre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saintperre family to the New World and Oceana
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 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, 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 Saintperre were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Saintperre 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..