is the region of ancient France from which the name Bellemaire was derived. It comes from when the family lived at Bellamare, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bellemaire family
The surname Bellemaire was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family was first established becoming one of the more notable families of the region.
Early History of the Bellemaire family
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Bellemaire Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Bellemare, de Bellemare, Bellemere, Bellemaire, Bellemayre, Bellmer, Bellmore and many more.
Early Notables of the Bellemaire family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellemaire 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 Bellemaire 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 Bellemaire were George Bellmer who, at the age of 56; settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822; Carl Bellmer, who arrived in Texas in 1844; Mrs. A. Bellemere, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850.