Show ContentsBeauchemin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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
  • Arthur Beauchemin, a tailor in West-Shefford, Canada. C.F. Beauchemin was an electrician in Montreal during this time
  • Edward Beauchemin was a surgeon in St. Grégoire and another Edward Beauchemin was a police sergeant. A.E. Beauchemin was a postmaster in Rivière Noir
  • another Beauchemin owned a paper factory in St-Joseph-de-Nord

Beauchemin World Ranking

In the United States, the name Beauchemin is the 13,586th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1 However, in Canada, the name Beauchemin is ranked the 940th most popular surname with an estimated 5,779 people with that name. 2 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Beauchemin is the 345th popular surname. 3

Canada 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 4
  • 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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  2. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook