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

Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name Bellemare was derived. It comes from when the family lived at Bellamare, in Normandy.

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The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bellemare is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bellemare, de Bellemare, Bellemere, Bellemaire, Bellemayre, Bellmer, Bellmore and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was first established becoming one of the more notable families of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bellemare research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1214, 1588, 1666, and 1777 are included under the topic Early Bellemare History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bellemare Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Bellemare has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bellemare were George Bellmer who, at the age of 56; settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822; Carl Bellmer, who arrived in Texas in 1844; Mrs. A. Bellemere, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.

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  • Eugène Bellemare (b. 1932), Canadian politician, Member of the Parliament of Canada
  • Annie Bellemare (b. 1980), Canadian figure skater from Quebec
  • Jean Bellemare, Canadian doctor from Montreal, Quebec
  • Marc Bellemare, Canadian lawyer, politician, who was a minister in the Government of Quebec


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The Bellemare Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bellemare 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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