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

Of all the French names to come from that northwestern peninsula of France known as Brittany, Kerouac is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Brittany.

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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 Kerouac include Kirouac, Keroac, Kéroac, Keroack, Keroas, Kéroack, Keroak, Kéroak, Kirouack, Kirouak, Kirouiac and many more.

First found in Brittany.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerouac research. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1736, 1817, 1828, 1838, 1854, 1861, 1869, 1871, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Kerouac History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 153 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kerouac Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Kerouac surname were 80 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Most arrived during the nineteenth century, but a few immigrated earlier, such as Louis Kéroac, who was married in Cap-Saint-Ignace in 1757.

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  • Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), American novelist, whose parents came from rural Quebec. Kerouac coined the term 'Beat Generation'
  • Joan Haverty Kerouac, author and the wife of Jack Kerouac


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