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The Belisle name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany (French: Bretagne). The name Belisle was originally derived from the family having lived in Bretagne. Interestingly, the name Belisle is derived from the French words "belle," meaning "beautiful," and "ile," meaning "island." This indicates that the original bearer lived on a "beautiful island."

Early Origins of the Belisle family

The surname Belisle was first found in Brittany.

Early records show that the family claimed the title Lord of Bretagne, and gained that of Marquis in 1573. This branch led directly to the name Foulque in 1615 and then to King Louis XV in 1748.

Henri Belisle, born in 1640, son of Antoine and Marguerite (née Levasseur), was a French surgeon that travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Catherine De Mosny in 1690. He married again at Champlain to Françoise-Périne on 26th November 1705. Françoise-Périne died just 6 years after they were married and she was buried at Detroit on 9th May 1711. Henri's third marriage was at Pointe-aux-Trembles on 25th August 1712 where he married Jeanne Archambault. They remained together until he passed away at the age of 100 in September 1740. 1

Early History of the Belisle family

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Belisle Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Belisle, some of which include Belisle, Bélisle, Belle-Isle, Belleisle and many more.

Early Notables of the Belisle family

Notable amongst this name at this time was Charles-Louis-Auguste Foulque, who was duke of Belle-Isle and marshal of France. Born in 1684 in Ville-Franche-de-Rouergue, in 1701 he joined the musketeers and the following year was nominated captain of the Royal Chivalry. Wounded at the battle of Hochstaedt and the siege of Augsbourg, the duke was considered to be a hero of his time. In the city of Metz...
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Belisle World Ranking

In the United States, the name Belisle is the 7,292nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 2 However, in Canada, the name Belisle is ranked the 532nd most popular surname with an estimated 9,221 people with that name. 3 And in Quebec, Canada, the name Belisle is the 197th popular surname. 4

United States Belisle migration to the United States +

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 Belisle were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Belisle were

Belisle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anselme Belisle, who arrived in New Orleans in 1767
Belisle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Belisle, who arrived in America in 1890
  • M. Belisle, who arrived in America in 1891

Canada Belisle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Belisle Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Henri Bélisle was married in Quebec in 1690
  • Henri Belisle, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Catherine Mony, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Quebec on 26th June 1690 5
  • Henri-Germain Belisle, son of Robert and Marie, who married Geneviève Marcot, daughter of Jacques and Élisabeth, in Cap-Santé, Quebec on 26th August 1698 5
Belisle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Bélisle, who arrived in Montreal around 1700
  • Henri Belisle, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Françoise-Périnne Dandonneau, daughter of Pierre and Françoise, in Champlain, Quebec on 26th November 1705 5
  • Henri Belisle, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Jeanne Archambault, daughter of Laurent and Anne, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 25th August 1712 5
  • Henri Bélisle, who settled in Quebec in 1720
  • Louis Belisle, son of Ignace and Marie, who married Marie-Anne Lafrenière, daughter of Antoine and Marie-Renée, in Quebec in 1735 5
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Contemporary Notables of the name Belisle (post 1700) +

  • Mitch Belisle (b. 1985), American professional lacrosse player
  • Matthew Thomas Belisle (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Rev. Gilles Bélisle (1923-1996), Canadian prelate who became the Auxiliary bishop of Ottawa and the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa in 1977
  • J. Denis Bélisle, former Canadian diplomat
  • Daniel George Belisle (b. 1937), former Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • Rhéal Bélisle (1919-1992), Canadian politician
  • Richard Bélisle (b. 1946), member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Ève Bélisle (b. 1979), Canadian curler and amateur ornithologist

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  3. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  4. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  5. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook