Beauchemin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Beauchemin name means "good road." The original bearer of this name must have lived on a high quality road, perhaps a highway.
Early Origins of the Beauchemin family
The surname Beauchemin was first found in Champagne.
Early History of the Beauchemin family
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Beauchemin Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Beauchemin, including Beauchemin, Bochemin and others.
Early Notables of the Beauchemin family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family during this period was Albert Beauchemin, a stenographer in Montreal, Quebec, one of the early bearers of this name in New France; as well as Albini Beauchemin, a cabinet maker; Arthur Beauchemin, a tailor in West-Shefford, Canada. C.F...
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Beauchemin migration to Canada +
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive 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 immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Beauchemin surname were
Beauchemin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Beauchemin, who lived in Quebec during the seventeenth century and died in Boucherville in 1693
Beauchemin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Marie-Renée Beauchemin was married in 1748 in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec
Beauchemin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Marie-Louise Beauchemin was married in Nicolet, Quebec two years later
Contemporary Notables of the name Beauchemin (post 1700) +
- Joseph E. Beauchemin, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 13th Ward, 1938 
- François Beauchemin (b. 1980), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player from Québec
- Yves Beauchemin (b. 1941), Canadian Québécois novelist
- Micheline Beauchemin (b. 1929), Canadian textile artist and tapestry weaver from Longeuil Quebec
- Charles-Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian Québécois poet and physician
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