Show ContentsBeaubien History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 French words, "la belle," which means, " the beautiful."

Early Origins of the Beaubien family

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.

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae also lists Le Bel in Normandy in 1189. [1] One of the earliest notables of the family was Jean Le Bel (c. 1290-1370), a Flemish chronicle and soldier. He was one of the first chroniclers to write in French instead of Latin. As a soldier, he joined with Jean, Count de Beaumont on his travels to England and Scotland in 1327.

Guillaume Labelle, son of Jean and Marie (née Loye), was a French farmer that travelled from Saint-Elei, Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Anne Charbonneau in Montreal on 23rd November 1671. They had eleven children together and five of their sons eventually married and carried on the name Labelle in Canada. [2]

Early History of the Beaubien family

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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.

Early Notables of the Beaubien family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Firmin Lebel (d. 1573), French composer and choir director; Alexis-Simon Belle (1674-1734), French painter, member of well known family of painters...
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Beaubien Ranking

In the United States, the name Beaubien is the 18,809th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Migration of the Beaubien family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. 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.

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
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  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook