Origines of the Pelletier name

The name PELLETIER comes from the Latin pellis, which means furrier, one who buys, sells, or prepares furs or pelts, or one in the fur trade. The ancient Greeks and Romans regarded the wearing of furs as barbaric, but by the fifth century, the taste for rare and valuable fur-lined coats had taken the West by storm. In France, for in-stance, Charlemagne used to wear a doublet lined with otter skins during the winter. Moreover, by 1346, the fur merchants of Paris had their own special status and privi-leges.
It comes as no surprise, therefore, that these many tradesmen adopted and passed along the Pelletier family name.
The Pelletier Family Association website offers its readers a summary of the lives and times of the Pelletiers who came to settle in New France. Many of the descendants of these first pioneers still bear the Pelletier name, while other lines disappeared after only a few generations.
Every family has a story. What’s yours?

Variations on a theme

During your genealogical research, it is quite possible to meet various ways of writing the name PELLETIER or to see different variations on the same theme occurred through migration or at the discretion of marriages. 

Antaya, concerns the descendants of the son of Nicolas Peltier, François, who had married an Indian. · 

Pelkey, Pelky or Pelkie, an American adaptation of the name Pelletier. 

Peltier, mainly in use by the anglophone American Pelletiers. It is also found in France. 

Peletier, with one "L" a rare form which usually occurs in England. 

Pelletier, Lepelletier, Peltier & Lepeltier generally used in France. 

Peleiteiro, is only found in Portugal.   

Here are other changes that we have been able to find and check, perhaps you will be able to bring us proof of their existence; Pelletiers, Pelletiere, Pelletierre the Pelletiere, Pellettieri, Peltiers, Peltiere, Peltierre, Pellettier, Pellettiere and Pelter. 

Do you know any other variations?

Other Pelletier without descendants

His descendance only comes from his three daughters. His son Didace was canonized a saint.

Other Pelletier to …find

Let's not forget the following Pelletiers for which the Association does not have detailed information about them. Perhaps you will provide the answer to our questions by confirming, or denying, the existence of these people.

René Pelletier, from Larochelle, possibly born in the old Poitou. He married Marie Auvray in New France.

Mathurin Pelletier, son of Pierre and Jeanne Chanaux dit Saint-Jean, diocese of Larochelle, Aunis. He married in Cap-Saint-Ignace, on November 15, 1756, Marie-Catherine Chamberland. They will have two daughters who are rooting.

Léonard Pelletier-Bellefeuille, baptized in 1733. Soldier, son of Nicolas Pelletier and Anathalie Moine of Saint-Michel, diocese of Bésancon, Franche-Comté. He married Marie-Madeleine Delasse in 1757.

Pierre Pelletier, carpenter, the only mention of this person is found in a report he made on the condition of the half-timbering of the house of the late Guillaume Hébert in 1639, in the company of Nicolas Peltier, master carpenter, and Jean Éger , builder. Note that this is a totally different person from Pierre Pelletier of Saint-Martin de Fraigneau, patriarch of one of the great Pelletier families.

Jeanne Pelletier, daughter of Simon Pelletier and Marie l'Arche, probably of Paris, married Claude Charland in Quebec on September 12, 1661.

Let’s not forget these Pelletier 

Marie Pelletier, qui épouse à Québec en 1647, 

Julien Petau. Pelletier-Jelke, venus d'Alsace à la fin de 18 e siècle.

Pelletier-Nabelsi, venus du Liban au début du 20 e siècle.

Plus any other Pelletiers of the world and also those who arrived in the americas by other routes, such as Ellis Island in the US. The search continues… help us find them.

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