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The ancient surname Alexandra is from the Normandy region of France. This surname came from the ancient Greek given name Alexandros.

Alexandra Early Origins



The surname Alexandra was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family have held a family seat since ancient times.

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Alexandra Spelling Variations


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Alexandra 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 Alexandre, Alexande, Alexand, Alexendre, Alexende, Alexend, Alessandre, Alessande, Alessand, Alessendre, Alessende, Alessend, Alex, Alesse and many more.

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Alexandra Early History


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Alexandra Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alexandra research. Another 229 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alexandra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Alexandra Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Alexandra Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alexandra Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Alexandra has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Alexandra were Alexis Alexandre married Marie-Madeleine Charon-Laferrière in Québec in 1712; Jean Alexandre, son of Alexis and Marie-Anne Laferrière married Marie-Benjamin Nolin at Saint-Pierre in 1753..

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Partout et toujours fidele a Dieu et au Roy
Motto Translation: Everywhere and always faithful to God and the King


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Alexandra Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The Alexandra Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alexandra 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2014 at 11:40.

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