Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name Bellemayre was derived. It comes from when the family lived at Bellamare, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Bellemayre family
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 Bellemayre family
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Bellemayre Spelling Variations
Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Bellemayre 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 Bellemayre family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bellemayre family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. 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, Acadia 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 Bellemayre were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bellemayre 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.
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