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The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Bebeau. Bebeau is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. These were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.


The surname Bebeau was first found in Bourgogne.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bibeau, Bibeault, Bibaud, Bibaux and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bebeau research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1870, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Bebeau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family at this time was François Bibeau, son of Jacques, an innkeeper, who was a member of the parish of Notre-Dame-de-Cogre. While he was only a laborer, he was one of the first of the family to arrive in Quebe c. He married Jeanne Chalifour in Quebec on August...

Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bebeau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: François Bibeau, son of Jaques, an innkeeper, who was parish of Notre-Dame-de-Cogre. He was also a laborer and fifteen years after his immigration to Quebec he was married in 1671. Nicolas Bibeau was married in 1717 in Sorel, according to Canadian historical documents. François Bibeau, after having arrived from France, was married in Quebec in 1719.


  • Muriel Bebeau, American co-founder of the Center for the Study of Ethical Development at the University of Minnesota
  • Leo B. Bebeau, American politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 8th Circuit, 1962-67; Appointed 1962

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    The Bebeau Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Bebeau 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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