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The surname Beaubien was first used as a surname by the people of ancient French region of Gascogne. It was a name for a person distinguished by great physical beauty. Interestingly, the name Beaubien was originally derived from the Old French words la belle, which means beautiful.

Beaubien Early Origins



The surname Beaubien was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of De Labels, a village in the Basses-Pyrénées in the arrondisement of de Mauléon.

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Beaubien Spelling Variations


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Beaubien Spelling Variations



French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Beaubien is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lebel, LeBel, LaBelle, Belle, Bell, Labelle, Label, LaBell, LaBel, LeBelle, LeBaile, LaBaile, Lebaile and many more.

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Beaubien Early History


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Beaubien Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaubien research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1573, 1674, 1734 and 1703 are included under the topic Early Beaubien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Beaubien Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Beaubien Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaubien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Beaubien has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Beaubien were Nicolas Lebel who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1657; Pierre Lebel arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1724; Guillaume LaBelle arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1671.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaubien (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Beaubien (post 1700)



  • Mark H. Beaubien Jr. (1942-2011), American politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (1997-2011)
  • Layne Beaubien (b. 1976), American silver medalist water polo player at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Charles H. Beaubien (1800-1864), Canadian-born American fur trader who co-owned 2,700,000 acres (11,000 km2) of northeastern New Mexico
  • Pierre Beaubien (1796-1881), Canadian physician and politician, President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society of Montreal
  • Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien OC (b. 1928), Canadian businessman, founder, chairman and CEO of Telemedia
  • Marcel Beaubien (b. 1942), Canadian politician, Ontario MPP (1999-2003)
  • Louis-Philippe Beaubien (1903-1985), Canadian politician, Senator for Bedford, Quebec (1960-1985)
  • Louis Beaubien (1837-1915), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Hochelaga (1867-1886)
  • Joseph-Octave Beaubien (1824-1877), Canadian physician and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Montmagny (1867-1872)
  • Charles Beaubien (1748-1794), French Canadian trader, British Agent to the Miami Nation
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    8. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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    The Beaubien Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaubien 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.

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