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

In ancient France the name Ceuilles was first used in the region of Auvergne. It was a name for someone who lived in the departments of Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme; the place-name survives in the name of the department of Aveyron, located just to the south of the historic province of Auvergne.

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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 Ceuilles is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Queuille, Queuilles, Queuile, Queuiles, Queille, Queilles, Queile, Queiles, Queuil, Queuils, Queil, Queils, Ceuil, Ceuils, Ceuile, Ceuiles, Ceuille, Ceuilles, de Queuille, la Queuille and many more.

First found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family has held a family seat since early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ceuilles research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1500, 1563, 1669, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Ceuilles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ceuilles 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 Ceuilles surname were Peter M. Queheille settled in Philadelphia in 1809.

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