The name Bellefeuille has a long French heritage that first began in northwestern region of Brittany
. The name is derived from when the family lived in the seigneury of Belleville, which translates from the French as beautiful town.
Early Origins of the Bellefeuille family
The surname Bellefeuille was first found in Brittany
where they held a family seat
from ancient times in the Seigneurie of Kergu in Brittany.
Early History of the Bellefeuille family
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Bellefeuille Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Bellefeuille, including Beleville, Belleville, Bellevill, Belevill, Belavill, Bellavill, Bellaville, Bellivill, Belivill, Belliville, Bailleuville, Baileuville, Baileuvile, Bailleuvill, Ballevall, Ballevalle, de Belleville, De Belleville, Bellefeul, Bellefeull and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellefeuille family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellefeuille family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bellefeuille 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 Bellefeuille were
Bellefeuille Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ardeaus Belle Feuille, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Saratoga" from Havana, Cuba CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ6B-D4X : 6 December 2014), Ardeaus Belle Feuille, 09 Aug 1910; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Saratoga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Bellefeuille (post 1700)
- Claude Bellefeuille, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1952, 1956
- Pierre de Bellefeuille (1923-2015), Canadian politician, MNA for Deux-Montagnes (1976-1985)