Belanger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name Belanger was derived. It comes from when the family lived at Anger in Normandy. The prefix of the name, "bel", means beautiful and it is believed that it was originally describing the place that it originates from as beautiful.

Early Origins of the Belanger family

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

The family branched into different regions of France including Poitou, and the lands of Hainière in Flanders (Belguim) where they adapted the spelling of their name to Boulengier and appear as a notable family in that region. Additionally, they held the estates of Pistor in Lorraine, and Montigny in Hainaut. By the 16th century, the family branched again and acquired estates at Remfort in Anjou, Thorigny in Maine and Brie. Many members of the Thorigny family contributed greatly during the conflicts of the times and are recorded as esteemed individuals. [1]

François Belanger, born in 1612, son of François and Françoise (née Horlays), travelled from Saint-Pierre de Seez to Quebec in 1636. He married Marie Guyon on 12th July 1637 and together they had thirteen children, five of which were sons that carried on the family name of Belanger. [2]

Early History of the Belanger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belanger research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1066 is included under the topic Early Belanger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Belanger Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by 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 Belanger is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Belanger, Belangée, Bellanger, Belenger, Baranger, Barranger, Barringer, Bellenger, Bellinguier, Beranger, Beringer, Beringier, Beringuier, Bezanger, Boulanger, Belanget, Bellanget, Belenget, Bellenget, Bellinger and many more.

Early Notables of the Belanger family (pre 1700)

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United States Belanger migration to the United States +

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 Belanger 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 Belanger were

Belanger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicolas Belanger who married Marie De Rainville, daughter of Paul and Rolline Poete in 1659 in Vachon
Belanger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Bélanger who married Marie-Anne Poulin in 1771
  • Julian Belanger who settled in New York in 1775
  • Julian Belanger, who landed in New York in 1798 [3]
Belanger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Belanger, aged 24, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827 [3]
Belanger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hubert Belanger, aged 22, who landed in America from Rio de Janiero, in 1904
  • E. Belanger, aged 23, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1905
  • Emile Belanger, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1905
  • Avila Belanger, aged 55, who settled in America from France, Paris, in 1911
  • Charles Belanger, aged 46, who landed in America from St. Maude, France, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Belanger migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belanger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • François Bélanger, son of François and Françoise Horlays, who married Marie Guyon, daughter of Jean Guyon and Mathurine Robin on June 27th, 1636 in the Parish of Notre Dame, Quebec city
  • Louis-François Belanger, son of François and Marie, who married Marguerite Le François, daughter of Charles and Madeleine, in Chateau-Richer, Quebec on 3rd November 1682 [4]
  • Charles Belanger, son of Charles and Barbe, who married Catherine Voyer, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Chateau-Richer, Quebec on 18th April 1689 [4]
  • Jacques Belanger, son of François and Marie, who married Elisabeth Tibault, daughter of François and Elisabeth-Agnès, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 22nd November 1691 [4]
  • Charles Belanger, son of Charles and Barbe, who married Geneviève Gagnon, daughter of Pierre and Barbe, in Saint-Anne, Quebec on 18th February 1692 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Belanger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Alexis Belanger, son of Charles and Barbe, who married Marie Gagnon, daughter of Noel and Geneviève, in Chateau-Richer, Quebec on 27th November 1704 [4]
  • Alexis Belanger, son of Charles and Barbe, who married Marie Le Sot, daughter of Joseph and Marguerite, in Chateau-Richer, Quebec on 15th February 1711 [4]
  • Prisque Belanger, son of Charles and Geneviève, who married Geneviève Gosselin, daughter of Ignance and Anne, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 6th November 1724 [4]
  • Joseph Belanger, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Angélique Sureau, daughter of Hilaire and Louise, in Montreal, Quebec on 5th March 1729 [4]
  • Alexandre Belanger, son of Charles and Geneviève, who married Madeleine Branconnier, daughter of Jean and Françoise, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 3rd April 1731 [4]
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Belanger Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Adrian Belanger, aged 24, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Celine Belanger, aged 19, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Edward Augustin Belanger, aged 73, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Ernest Belanger, aged 30, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1914
  • Eugene L. Belanger, aged 24, who settled in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Belanger (post 1700) +

  • Wilfred J. Belanger, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Nashua 3rd Ward; Elected 1938 [5]
  • Nelson J. Belanger, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1924, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1934, 1936 [5]
  • Maria Cruz Belanger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Guam, 1972 [5]
  • Laurent Belanger, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972 [5]
  • Joseph William Belanger, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 [5]
  • Cyprien J. Belanger, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 19th District; Elected 1916; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1920 [5]
  • Charles Belanger, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Berlin 4th Ward, 1938 [5]
  • C. Joseph Belanger, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 [5]
  • Brenda Elaine Belanger, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 2004 [5]
  • Andrew J. Belanger, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1932; Secretary of Michigan Democratic Party, 1937 [5]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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