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

In medieval France, the name duBelley was first used by a family in the region of Gascogne. It was a name for someone who lived in Gascogne.

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There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Belec, Bellec, Bellac, Belic, Belif, Le Bellec, Bellecq, Bellocq, Du Belley and many more.

First found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our duBelley research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1432, 1665, 1788, and 1866 are included under the topic Early duBelley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 267 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early duBelley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name duBelley were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name duBelley were 25 records of individuals of the lineage who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. The earliest recorded settler was Elisabeth Bélec, who was married in 1799 in St-Roch-L'Aichigan..

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