Beleau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The French name Beleau first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived at Belleau, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Beleau family
The surname Beleau was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy. 
Belleau Abbey, later Belleau Priory, was a Cistercian monastery in Villeneuve-la-Lionne, Marne, France, which is about 15 kilometers south-west of Montmirail. It was founded in 1242 but over the years has fallen in ruin.
Early History of the Beleau family
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Beleau Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Belleau, Beleau, Bellot, Belot, de Belleau and others.
Early Notables of the Beleau family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Remy (or Rémi) Belleau (1528-1577), a French Renaissance poet. François Belleau, born in Bray in 1679, was a famous poisoner. Gabriel de Belleau, of the ancient branch of the Norman family, was a squire, lord of Belleau, and is recorded in 1696, when he registered his coat of arms. Joseph de Belleau was a...
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Migration of the Beleau family
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 Beleau 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 Beleau were 180 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them, Marie Belleau married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1670.
- ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.