Show ContentsBellemare History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name Bellemare was derived. It comes from when the family lived at Bellamare, in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Bellemare family

The surname Bellemare 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 Bellemare family

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Bellemare Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bellemare is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bellemare, de Bellemare, Bellemere, Bellemaire, Bellemayre, Bellmer, Bellmore and many more.

Early Notables of the Bellemare family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Nicolas Carrey de Bellemare, founder of a noble family branch, and a renown damsel of Saint-Cyr, registered in 1777 for her status in society

Bellemare Ranking

In Canada, the name Bellemare is the 845th most popular surname with an estimated 6,326 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Bellemare is ranked the 333rd most popular surname. [2]

Migration of the Bellemare family

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Bellemare has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bellemare 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bellemare (post 1700) +

  • Pierre Bellemare (1929-2018), French writer, novelist, radio personality, television presenter, from Boulogne-Billancourt
  • Jean Bellemare, Canadian doctor from Montreal, Quebec
  • Annie Bellemare (b. 1980), Canadian figure skater from Quebec
  • Eugène Bellemare (b. 1932), Canadian politician, Member of the Parliament of Canada
  • Marc Bellemare, Canadian lawyer, politician, who was a minister in the Government of Quebec

  1. "Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps - Forebears." Forebears,
  2. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, on Facebook