Trepassey is a small fishing village in Trepassey Bay on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador. Trepassey originates from the French word trepasses, meaning the 'dead or departed'. It is believed that it acquired this name due to the many shipwrecks that have occurred off its coast. Also on the Brittany coast of France there is a Baie des Trepasses. Trepassey is the name of the harbour, the bay and the community. Spanish, Portuguese and French fishermen visited the area in the early 1500s. Early English settlement attempts failed, and it was not until the latter part of the 1600s that the French settled the area. Later fishermen from the West Country of England arrived, to be followed by large numbers of Irish and by the 1770s the Irish formed the majority of the population.