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The people of the ancient French region of Gascogne were the first to use the name Verret. Verret was a name for someone who lived in the village of Veyreau in the French province of Gascoigne.


The surname Verret was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was established in Veyreau, a village in the department of Aveyron, in the district of Millau.

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, Verret some of which are Verreaud, Verreault, Verreaulx, Verrauld, Verrault, Verraulx, Verraud, Verraut, Verraux, Verreau, Verreaux, Verrot, Verret, Verré, Verrat, Verrier, Leverrier, Verrière and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Verret research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1828 is included under the topic Early Verret History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Verret surname were

Verret Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Victor Verret, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1912
  • Irene Forbes Verret, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1916
  • Charles Noah Verret, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920
  • George Verret, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1923
  • Levy Verret, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

Verret Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Hecter Bacon Verret, aged 36, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1909
  • Maud Verret, aged 37, who emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1924

  • J. Emile Verret (1885-1965), American politician, Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 1944 to 1948
  • Jesse J. Verret, American Democrat politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1950
  • Claude Verret (b. 1963), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey centre

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    Other References

    1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Verret Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Verret Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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