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Alain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Alain is an ancient French surname that came from the region of Normandy, and is derived from the ancient given name Allen, meaning rock. This type of surname is known as a patronymic name, and comes from a broad category of surname types, known as hereditary surnames. Today there is a small town named Allain in north-eastern France.

Early Origins of the Alain family


The surname Alain was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this family held a family seat since very early times.

Early History of the Alain family


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Alain Spelling Variations


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 Alain, including Alain, Alains, Alin, Alein, Alan, Allain, Allains, Allin, Allein, Allan, Aland, Alland, Aling, Alling, Alen, Allen, Aleng, Alleng, Alène and many more.

Early Notables of the Alain family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Alain family to the New World and Oceana


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 Alain surname were

Alain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Alain, aged 25, who landed in Barbados in 1634 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Alain, aged 24, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Alain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M. Alain, aged 48, who settled in New Orleans in 1823

Alain Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Simon Alain, son of André and Catherine, married Jeanne Maufait, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 15th April 1670 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Charles Alain of Châtellerault, married Louise Gargotine, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 7th January 1678 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Mr. Jacques Alain, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 28th March 1678 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  • Louis Alain of France, married Marguerite Bourg, daughter of Antoine and Antoinette, in Port-Royal, Quebec in 1690 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Alain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Noel-Simon Alain, son of Simon and Jeanne, married Marie-Anne Hamel, daughter of Jean-François and Anne, in Lorette, Quebec on 19th January 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Noël Simon Alain, who married Marie-Anne Hamel in Québec in 1706
  • Jean Alain married Marguerite Bergé, daughter of Jean and Madeleine, in Quebec on 22nd November 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Alain, who married Anne Racine in Québec in 1713
  • Pierre Alain, son of Simon and Jeanne, married Anne Racine, daughter of François and Marie, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 22nd February 1713 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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Contemporary Notables of the name Alain (post 1700)


  • Albert Paul Alain (1880-1971), French organist and composer
  • Olivier Alain (1918-1994), French organist, pianist, musicologist and composer, son of Albert Alain
  • Marie-Claire Alain (1926-2013), French organist and organ teacher, daughter of Albert Alain
  • Jehan Alain (1911-1940), French organist and composer from Saint-Germain-en-Laye, son of Albert Alain
  • Phil Alain (b. 1968), Canadian contemporary painter from St. Albert, Alberta, known for his mural works
  • Roland Alain Daigle (b. 1954), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward who played from the Chicago Black Hawks from 1974 to 1975
  • Didier Alain Levée, physician, Bayeux, France
  • Alain Devaquet (1942-2018), French university professor and politician, Junior Minister for Universities
  • Alain Colombe (b. 1949), French gold medalist slalom canoeist at the 1969 World Championships
  • Alain Berbérian (1953-2017), French film director and writer of Armenian descent

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/

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