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Where did the French Cormier family come from? What is the French Cormier family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cormier family history?

The name Cormier is derived from the Old French word "corme," which referred to the fruit of the "sorb" or "service" tree. The surname most likely evolved from a nickname originally used for someone who lived near such a tree, or who sold its fruit at the market.


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 Cormier, including Cormier, Cormiere, Cormie, Cormey, De Cormie, De Cormey, De Cormier and many more.

First found in Brittany in de Chambray, where they held a family seat.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cormier research. Another 355 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1079, 1480, 1681, 1701, 1850, 1606, 1684, 1601, 1664, 1642, 1708, 1646 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Cormier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 91 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cormier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Cormier 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 Cormier were

Cormier Settlers in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cormier (1602-1712), born in Poitou, an indentured ship's carpenter who arrived in Acadia in 1644

Cormier Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Cormier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Alexandre Cyr Cormier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Jean Cormier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Jean, Cormier Jr., who arrived in South Carolina in 1763
  • Joseph Cormier, who landed in South Carolina in 1763

Cormier Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Ambroise Francoise Cormier, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • Ambrose, Cormier Jr., who landed in New York in 1822
  • Catharine Cormier, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Ambroise, Cormier Jr., who landed in New York in 1822


  • Rhéal Paul Cormier (b. 1967), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Lance Robert Cormier (b. 1980), American Major League baseball player
  • Ernest Cormier OC (1885-1980), Canadian engineer and architect
  • Robert Edmund Cormier (1925-2000), American author, columnist, and newspaper reporter
  • Charles Cormier (1813-1887), French-Canadian politician, member of the Senate of Canada from 1867 to 1887
  • Father Clément Cormier CC (1910-1987), Canadian Priest and academic, founder of University of Moncton
  • Patrice Victor Cormier (b. 1990), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
  • Kenneth Cormier (1933-2013), American businessman, founder of Funtown Splashtown USA


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  6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
  7. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

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