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

Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name duPlessier was derived. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Plessis.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name duPlessier include Plessis, Plessieies, Plessier, Plessix, Plessy, Plessys, Le Plessis, Le Plessieies, Le Plessier, Le Plessix, Le Plessy, Le Plessys, Du Plessier, Du Plessix, Du Plessy, Du Plessys, Du Plessix, Duplaix, Deplaix and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at Plessis.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our duPlessier research. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1585, 1621, 1634, and 1642 are included under the topic Early duPlessier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early duPlessier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. 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, the Acadians 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 duPlessier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name duPlessier were John Louis Plessis who arrived in Quebec in 1713 from Lorraine.

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