The French surname Perrin, also found in England, is of patronymic origin, deriving from the Old French personal name Perrin, a pet form of French Pierre. Early examples of the hereditary surname include Geoffrey Perrun of Lincolnshire in the Knight Templar (Crusader) rolls of the year 1185; Henry Piron of Oxfordshire in 1194; John Pirun of Wiltshire in 1255; and John Perin of Cambridgeshire in the Hundred Rolls of that county in 1273. Some bearers of the name may be of French Huguenot extraction. A notable bearer of the name was Daniel Perrin (1642–1719) was one of the first permanent European inhabitants of Staten Island, New York. Known as "The Huguenot", he arrived in New York Harbor from the Isle of Jersey on July 29, 1665.
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