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Where did the French Begin family come from? What is the French Begin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Begin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Begin family history?

The French name Begin is of Medieval origin. It was a Norman name for a person whose speech is affected by a stutter. The word begin was Old French slang for a person who stuttered. as such, the name is commonly called a nick-name.

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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Begin some of which are Begin, Bégin, Begine, Bégine, Beguin, Béguin, Beguine, Béguine, Beguinet, Béguinet, Beguinot, Béguinot, Beghin, Béghin, Begouin, Bégouin, Begon, Bégon, Begouen, Bégouen, Begougne, Bégougne and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family first established itself as an important participant in the cultural and political events of the region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Begin research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1620, 1638, 1710, 1808, 1812, 1848, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Begin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Begin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Begin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Begin were

Begin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Begin, aged 22, landed in St Christopher in 1635
  • Louis Bégin of Saint-Léonard de Honfleur, who came to New France in circa 1654 with his father Jacques (Louis Bégin married Jeanne Durand at Québec in 1668)

Begin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Pierre Begin, who settled in Quebec in 1668

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  • Albert Bégin (1901-1957), Swiss literary critic
  • Monique Bégin (b. 1936), Canadian academic and politician, member of the House of Parliament of Canada
  • Steve Bégin (b. 1978), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player from Quebec
  • Menachem Begin (1913-1992), sixth Prime Minister of the State of Israel (1977-1983)


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The Begin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Begin 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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