Serre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Serre has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in the Languedoc area of France.

Early Origins of the Serre family

The surname Serre was first found in Languedoc, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Serre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Serre research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1270, 1271, 1415, 1532, 1654, 1694, and 1702 are included under the topic Early Serre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Serre Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Serre, including Serres, Sère, Saire, Sert, Serre, Saires, Des Serres, de Serres, Des Saires, La Serre, La Saire, La Sère, Le Sert, De Sert, De Serres, De Sère, De Saire and many more.

Early Notables of the Serre family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Dominic Serres (1722-1793), French marine-painter, born at Auch in Gascony. "He is said to have been nephew of the archbishop of Rheims. His parents intended him for the church, but, this not suiting his taste, he ran away from his native town, and made his way on foot into Spain. He there shipped on board a vessel for South America as a common...
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Serre Ranking

In France, the name Serre is the 388th most popular surname with an estimated 10,878 people with that name. [1]


United States Serre migration to the United States +

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 Serre 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 Serre were

Serre Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Serre, who settled in Carolina in 1679 with a woman and two children
  • Mr. Serre, who landed in Carolina in 1679 [2]
  • Noe Serre, who arrived in South Carolina in 1679 [2]
  • Noeh Serre, who landed in South Carolina in 1679 [2]
  • Noel Serre, who arrived in South Carolina in 1679 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Serre migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Serre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Serre, aged 18, who arrived in Canada in 1657
  • Mr. Antoine Serre, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon, Pierre Gaigneur, and Jacques Massé, arriving on 19th March 1657 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Serre (post 1700) +

  • Claude Serre (1938-1998), French cartoonist
  • Jean-Pierre Serre (b. 1926), French mathematician awarded a Fields Medal in 1954, the Wolf Prize in 2000, and the Abel Prize in 2003


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/


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