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Early Origins of the Alary family

The surname Alary was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they were formerly seated in the barony of Saint Hilaire de Sancto Hilario. The first of the name was James de Sancto Hilario who held the castle of St. Hilaire about the year 1100. James, who was the son of Harsculf de St. James who also held the castle of St. Hilaire, was the first to adopt the name of his castle for his surname. Saint Hilaire du Harcourt is in Manche in the arrondissement of Mortain, the canton of St. Hilaire du Harcourt.

Over in Cornwall, England evidence was found of a migration there as St. Hilary is a parish of some size. "This parish is indebted for its present name to St. Hilary, bishop of Poictiers, who was driven into Phrygia for his attachment to the rectitude of faith, and invincible adherence to the doctrine of the godhead of Christ. He was banished in the year 556, but was recalled about the year 560, and died at Poietiers about six years afterwards. At what particular period this parish first assumed the name of its patron saint, is rather uncertain ; but it is known to have been distinguished by this appellation early in the fourteenth century." [1]

Early History of the Alary family

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Alary Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: St. Hilaire, Saint Hilaire, Hilaire, St-Hillaire, Saint-Hillaire, St-Hillier, Saint-Hillier, St-Hylaire, Saint-Hylaire, St-Hilary, Saint-Hilary, D'Hilaire and many more.

Early Notables of the Alary family (pre 1700)

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Alary Ranking

In France, the name Alary is the 3,161st most popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [2]

Canada Alary migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antoine Alary, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Josephte, who married Thérèse Defoy, daughter of Charles and Marie-Angélique, in Saint-Augustin-de-Portneuf, Quebec on 24th September 1753 [3]
  • Charles Alary, son of Pierre and Marie-Josephte, who married Marie-Josephte Gendron, daughter of René and Marie-Nicole, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 12th August 1754 [3]
  • Jean-Baptiste Alary, son of René and Louise, who married Charlotte Favreau, daughter of Nicolas and Marie-Barbe, in Boucherville, Quebec on 19th February 1727 [3]
  • Joseph Alary, son of René and Louise, who married Geneviève Desgagnés, daughter of Jacques and Geneviève, in Quebec on 22nd October 1724 [3]
  • Joseph Alary, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Louise, who married Geneviève Lacombe, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marguerite, in Yamachine, Quebec on 16th February 1756 [3]
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Alary Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Alary, aged 70 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing 11th July 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 20th August 1847 but she died on board [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Alary (post 1700) +

  • Olivier Alary (b. 1975), French musician from Toulouse, France who is now based in Montreal, Canada
  • Giulio Alary (1814-1891), Italian composer

  1. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 64) on Facebook