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Where did the French Henry family come from? What is the French Henry family crest and coat of arms? When did the Henry family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Henry family history?The name Henry is tied to the ancient French culture that is at the heart of Western civilization. It comes from This particular name was devised in Brittany, in the northwest of the country. The Germanic personal name Heinrich, which is composed of the elements heim, which means home, and ric, which means power.
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Henry is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Henry, Henri, Henrie, Henriette, Henriet, Henrion, Henriot, Henrich, Henrichet, Henrichon, Henrat, Henraux, Henrot, Henrotte, Henroutet, Henriquet and many more.
First found in Brittany, where the family stems from Vaurouil and de la Motte-Henry, villages in Saint-Gilles, to the west of Rennes, in the former barony of Gaël-Montfort.
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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 Henry surname were
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Henry Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Henry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Henry 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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