When Captain John Perrin was born on 8 October 1749, in Gloucester, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, John Perrin, was 27 and his mother, Sussana Cooke, was 21. He married Elizabeth Washington on 21 February 1771, in Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 24 November 1791, in Gloucester, Virginia, United States, at the age of 42.
French and English: from the Old French and Middle English personal name Perrin, a pet form of Old French Perre, a variant of Pierre , French form of Peter . Compare Perine , Perrine , and Prine .
History: Henri Perrin from Louargat in Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany (France), married Jeanne Merrin in Montreal, QC, in 1661. — This surname is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors (along with its variants or altered forms Perrine and Pareyn) and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America. One of the Huguenot ancestors was Daniel Perrin (1642–1719), nicknamed The Huguenot, who arrived in New York in 1665, aboard the Philip, and settled first in NJ and later on Staten Island. Among his descendants the surname is common in the altered forms Perrine, Perine and Prine. The Staten Island community of Huguenot is named after Daniel Perrin and other Huguenots who settled in the area during the late 17th century.