The surname Beliveau is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The name Beliveau is a contraction of an Old French phrase meaning beautiful valley, and indicates that the original bearer lived in such a place at one time.
Early Origins of the Beliveau family
The surname Beliveau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat
from ancient times in the town of Volnay in the district of Beaune.
Early History of the Beliveau family
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Beliveau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Beliveau, Béliveau, Belivaux, Bélivaux, Belliveau, Bélliveau, Bellivaux, Béllivaux, Belleveau, Bellevaux, de Bellevau and many more.
Early Notables of the Beliveau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Beliveau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Beliveau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Louise Beliveau, 27, who settled in St.-Pierre-and-Miquelon in 1767
Beliveau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Louis Beliveau who, at the age of 56, who arrived with his wife Louise Hache, 49, and 5 children in St. -Pierre-and-Miquelon in 1767
- Louise Beliveau, aged 27, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
Contemporary Notables of the name Beliveau (post 1700)
- Severin Matthew Beliveau (b. 1938), American lawyer and political party leader, Maine
- Joseph "Jean" Arthur Béliveau CC GOQ (1931-2014), Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens (1950-1971), inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1972; his name appears on the Stanley Cup more times that anyone else-17