Show ContentsBaillargeon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Baillargeon is a Norman name that is a part of the ancient legacy of the Medieval France. The proud name of Baillargeon was originally used as a nickname for a bald person. [1] The surname Baillargeon is derived from the Old Norse word "bolle", and the Old English word "ballede", both meaning "ball". It was used as a reference to something round and smooth.

Alternatively, the name could have been an occupational name as a "baillard" is a "piece of wood to carry the wool that is drawn from the water, and which crosses the boiler to be degreased." [2]

Early Origins of the Baillargeon family

The surname Baillargeon was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family established itself in ancient times.

The family can be traced back to Roger Baillard, who paid homage to the priest at Mont Saint-Michel in 1154. Some members of this ancient and illustrious family also branched into other regions of France. [3]

According to historic documents, the family was registered in Tours, in 1262. In Burgundy, the family settled in De Bargon, a town in the department of Côte-d'Or, in the district of Dijon. In the 16th century, one branch was formed in Loudigny, in Angoumois.

For nearly 200 years, the Ballard family of printers "virtually enjoyed the monopoly of printing music in France. The first patent was granted to Robert Ballard by Henri II in 1552, and he and his son-in law Adrien Leroy printed many tablatures for the lute and other music. They were followed by Pierre, and he again by his son Robert, under whom the house rose to its greatest height both in privileges and position." [4]

Early History of the Baillargeon family

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Baillargeon Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Baillargeon is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Baillargeon, Baillergeon, Baillarger, Baillerger, Baillarget, Baillerget, Baillargean, Baillergean, Baillerg, Baillargé, Baillard, Baillardel, Baillart and many more.

Early Notables of the Baillargeon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Pierre Baillardel de Lareinty, one of the organizers of the colonies in the West Indies and a militia officer of the...
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Baillargeon Ranking

In the United States, the name Baillargeon is the 8,083rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Baillargeon is ranked the 444th most popular surname. [6]

United States Baillargeon migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived 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 migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Baillargeon. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Baillargeon were

Baillargeon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • M. Baillargeon and his wife were living in Illinois in 1732
Baillargeon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Marie Louise Baillargeon, aged 31, who immigrated to America, in 1907
  • Joseph Baillargeon, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1921
  • Joseph Baillargeon, aged 65, who immigrated to Seattle, Wash, in 1921

Canada Baillargeon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Baillargeon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Baillargeon, born in 1612 and married in 1659 in Quebec, ancestor of a great archbishop of Quebec
Baillargeon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Jean Baptiste Baillargeon, aged 35, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Charles Baillargeon, aged 25, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name Baillargeon (post 1700) +

  • Renee Baillargeon (b. 1951), Alumni Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Joel Baillargeon (1964-2022), Canadian NHL ice hockey player from Charlesbourg, Quebec
  • Claude Baillargeon, Canadian diplomat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Cameroon
  • Pascal Baillargeon (b. 1986), Canadian CFL football offensive lineman
  • Charles-François Baillargeon (1798-1870), Canadian Roman Catholic priest and archbishop
  • Pierre Baillargeon (1812-1891), Quebec physician and political figure
  • Paul Baillargeon (b. 1943), Canadian composer, known for his music for television shows, co-winner of the 2002 ASCAP Award
  • Hélène Baillargeon CM (1916-1997), Quebec singer, actor and folklorist
  • Paule Baillargeon (b. 1945), Canadian Genie Award winning actress and film director

  1. Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  3. 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.
  4. Grove, Sir George, A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (AD. 1450-1889) London: Macmillan1902, Print, 2 Vols
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, on Facebook