The French name Begouen 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.
Early Origins of the Begouen family
The surname Begouen was 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.
Early History of the Begouen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Begouen 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 Begouen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Begouen 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 Begouen is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include 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.
Early Notables of the Begouen family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Nicolas Lebègue (Le Bègue) (ca. 1631-1702), a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist; François-Barthélémy Beguinot, a Count of the Empire, who became a senator and received his title of nobility in 1808; Michel Bégon, known as Michel V Bégon... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Begouen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Begouen family to the New World and Oceana
Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. 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 Begouen were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Begouen were 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 Qué.