The people of the ancient French region of Gascogne
were the first to use the name Verrett. Verrett was a name for someone who lived in the village of Veyreau in the French province of Gascoigne.
Early Origins of the Verrett family
The surname Verrett 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.
Early History of the Verrett family
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Verrett 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 Verrett, including Verreaud, Verreault, Verreaulx, Verrauld, Verrault, Verraulx, Verraud, Verraut, Verraux, Verreau, Verreaux, Verrot, Verret, Verré, Verrat, Verrier, Leverrier, Verrière and many more.
Early Notables of the Verrett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Verrett family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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. By the 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Verrett 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 Verrett were Barthélemi Verreau, who married Marthe Quitel in Château-Richer in 1665; Prisque Verreau, who married Marguerite Prieur in Quebec City in 1731.
Contemporary Notables of the name Verrett (post 1700)
- Stan Verrett, American anchor on the ESPN and ESPNEWS networks
- Shirley Verrett (1931-2010), American operatic mezzo-soprano