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

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Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name La Coursiere, including Lacourse, Lacour, Lacoursier, Cours, La Cours, De Cours, Course, Coursier, Courcier, Courcière, Coursière, La Courcière, La Coursière, Lacourciere, Lacourcière, Lacoursiere and many more.

First found in Languedoc.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our La Coursiere research. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1568, 1879, and 1892 are included under the topic Early La Coursiere History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early La Coursiere 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 La Coursiere were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name La Coursiere were 160 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 Jean-Baptiste Lacourse, who married in Champlain, Quebec, in 1756.

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  • Jacques Lacoursiere, Canadian judge at the Superior Court of Quebec and lives in Trois-Rivières


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The La Coursiere Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The La Coursiere 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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