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The origins of the name Beaudrie belongs to a very particular southern region that was once known as Languedoc. The name is derived from the ancient Norman personal name Baldric.

Early Origins of the Beaudrie family

The surname Beaudrie was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries the family established branches in Balzac in Burgundy (Bourgogne), and in the sixteenth century in Poitou, a new seat at Touche in Brittany, and in Agenais in Normandy. Many members of this notable family distinguished themselves through their contributions on the battlefield, in their community and for the King and country.

Urbain Beaudry was born on 6th January 1615 in Anjou, France. He travelled to Quebec, Canada in the 17th century, where he worked at Trois-Rivières and Cap-de-la-Madeleine as an edge-tool maker. He eventually married and had eleven children. Urbain was buried at Trois-Rivières in 1682. [1]

Early History of the Beaudrie family

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Beaudrie Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Beaudrie is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Beaudry, Beaudri, Beaudrie, Beaudris, Beauddry, Beauddri, Beauddrie, Beauddris, Bodry, Bodri, Bodrie, Bodris, Boddry, Boddri, Boddrie, Boddris, Baudry, Baudri, Baudrie, Baudris, Bauddry, Bauddri, Bauddrie, Bauddris, Beudry, Beudri, Beudrie, Beudris, Beuddry, Beuddri, Beuddrie and many more.

Early Notables of the Beaudrie family

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Migration of the Beaudrie 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 Beaudrie 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 Beaudrie were Pindence Beaudry who settled in San Francisco in 1850; Pierre Baudry who settled in Virginia in 1700; Louis Baudry, son of Toussaint and Françoise Archambault, who married Catherine Picard in 1720 and married again Marguerite Lacombe, daughter of Jean and Marie Millet in 1728.

Contemporary Notables of the name Beaudrie (post 1700) +

  • Dave Beaudrie (b. 1980), American actor, known for his work on The Miracle Man (2014), Defusing Bessie (2014) and Negotiate (2013)

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook