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The Terri name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). The name Terri was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Terri family

The surname Terri was first found in Brittany where this distinguished family held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Ragotiere.

A member of this distinguished family accompanied Richard The Lionheart (Richard I of England) in his first Crusade to the Holy Land. One of the main branches of Stang was represented by a Cavalier in 1448. Etienne Thirion was a Seigneur of Barges in 1577. The family branched to Normandy where they held lands. Meanwhile in Bourgogne the family were elevated to the nobility. They made important alliances with the families of Ramessel, Chauvirey, Doyen, and Blondefontaine. [1]

Pierre Terrienne settled in Canada in the 17th century. He married Gabrielle Minaud, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, at Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 17th May 1670. They remained together in Quebec until Pierre's death on 12th September 1706. Gabrielle passed away on 27th November 1707. [2]

Early History of the Terri family

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Terri Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Terri is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Terrien, Terrion, Terrian, Thirion, Therien, Therrien, Terrienne, de Terrien and many more.

Early Notables of the Terri family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Terri family

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Terri has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Terri were Stephen Terrian and his wife Mary who settled in Georgia in 1734; Pierre Therrien came from Angoumois on the west coast of France and settled in Quebec in 1656.

Contemporary Notables of the name Terri (post 1700) +

  • Lacene Terri, American Republican politician, Candidate for Hawaii State Senate 23rd District, 2002
  • April Terri Winchell (b. 1962), American actress, writer, voice actor and talk radio host, daughter of Paul Winchell
  • Terri J. Stoneburner (b. 1945), American lawyer and jurist, Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals (2000-2014)
  • Terri Lynne Boatright Runnels (b. 1966), American retired professional wrestling manager, television host, and occasional professional wrestler from Live Oak, Florida
  • Terri Treas (b. 1957), American actress, writer and director, best known for her role as Newcomer Cathy Frankel on the Fox Network science fiction series Alien Nation (1989-1990)
  • Terri Swearingen, American nurse from Ohio, awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1997
  • Terri Rebmann PhD, RN, CIC, American Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at Saint Louis University
  • Terri J. Vaughn (b. 1969), American three-time Image Award winning actress, best known for her work on The Steve Harvey Show (1996)
  • Terri Kathleen Nunn (b. 1961), American singer and actress
  • Terri Farley, American author of Seven Tears into the Sea

  1. Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook