The Terrio name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany
. The name Terrio was originally derived from the family having lived in Brittany.
Early Origins of the Terrio family
The surname Terrio was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of Ragotiere.
Early History of the Terrio family
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Terrio 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 Terrio is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Terrien, Terrion, Terrian, Thirion, Therien, Therrien, de Terrien and many more.
Early Notables of the Terrio family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Terrio family to the New World and Oceana
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 Terrio 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 Terrio 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.