The Belisle name comes from that Medieval landscape of northwestern France known as Brittany
. The name Belisle was originally derived from the family having lived in Bretagne. Interestingly, the name Belisle is derived from the Old French words belle, meaning beautiful, and "ile," meaning island, and indicates that the original bearer lived on a picturesque island.
Early Origins of the Belisle family
The surname Belisle was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).
Early History of the Belisle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Belisle research.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1573, 1615, 1684, 1701, 1707, 1746, and 1748 are included under the topic Early Belisle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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 (pre 1700)
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... Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Belisle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Belisle family to the New World and Oceana
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
Belisle Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Henri Bélisle was married in Quebec in 1690
Belisle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis Bélisle, who arrived in Montreal around 1700
- Henri Bélisle, who settled in Quebec in 1720
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