Noble surnames, such as Arcan, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Arcan, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Savoie
. In France, hereditary surnames
were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local
names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate while names of larger areas usually indicated a former dweller or a very powerful, titled landholder. The Arcan family originally lived in the province of Savoie.
Early Origins of the Arcan family
The surname Arcan was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps.
Early History of the Arcan family
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Arcan Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Arcan family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name at this time was many members in Canada. Between 1600 and 1900 French Canadians contributed much, such as Ulric Arcand, a doctor in Beaurivage; Ludger Arcand was a police detective in Montreal; Damase Arcand acquired the position of secretary-treasurer for his town of St. Alban; Denis... Another 56 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Arcan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Arcan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Arcan Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Simon Arcan, who arrived in Grondines, Quebec in 1687
Arcan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Pierre Arcan, who settled in St. Cuthbert in 1712
- Joseph Arcan, who arrived in Cap-Santé in 1717
Contemporary Notables of the name Arcan (post 1700)
- Nelly Arcan (1973-2009), born Isabelle Fortier, a Canadian novelist