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

The name Frappier is an ancient French name that was given to a Breton person who was a person who was a string warrior. The name Frappier is derived from the Old French verb "frappiller," which means to "strike furiously." It was generally bestowed upon one given to making loud noises and creating a disturbance.

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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Frappier some of which are Frapier, Frappier, Frappié, Frappart, Frapillon, Frapilion, Frapard, Frapié, Frappa and many more.

First found in Britanny (Bretagne).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Frappier research. Another 72 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1768, 1808, 1813, 1850, 1855, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Frappier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Frappier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Frappier has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Frappier were

Frappier Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Marie Frappier, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1893

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  • Gilles Frappier, Chief librarian and Secretary-Treasurer to the Board for Ottawa Public Library
  • Armand Frappier CC, GOQ (1904-1991), Canadian physician, microbiologist and expert on tuberculosis from Quebec
  • Roger Frappier (b. 1945), Canadian producer, director, editor, actor, and screenwriter
  • Jill Frappier, Canadian voice actress from Toronto


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  2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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  5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Frappier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Frappier 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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