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Where did the French Beauchemin family come from? What is the French Beauchemin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Beauchemin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beauchemin family history?

The Beauchemin name means "good road." The original bearer of this name must have lived on a high quality road, perhaps a highway.

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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 Beauchemin, including Beauchemin, Bochemin and others.

First found in Champagne.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beauchemin research. Another 83 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beauchemin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 82 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beauchemin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Beauchemin surname were about 275 recorded individuals who arrived in Canada between 1600 and 1900. The earliest settler to move from French to Canadian soil was Nicholas Beauchemin, who lived in Quebec during the seventeenth century and died in Boucherville in 1693. Marie-Renée Beauchemin was married in 1748 in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec.

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  • Charles-Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian Québécois poet and physician
  • Micheline Beauchemin (b. 1929), Canadian textile artist and tapestry weaver from Longeuil Quebec
  • Yves Beauchemin (b. 1941), Canadian Québécois novelist
  • François Beauchemin (b. 1980), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player from Québec


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The Beauchemin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beauchemin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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