Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived at Belleau, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Belleu family
Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy. Belleau Abbey, later Belleau Priory was a Cistercian monastery in Villeneuve-la-Lionne, Marne, France, about 15 kilometres south-west of Montmirail. It was founded in 1242 but over the years has fallen in ruin.
Early History of the Belleu family
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Belleu Spelling Variations
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 Belleu is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Belleau, Beleau, Bellot, Belot, de Belleau and others.
Early Notables of the Belleu family (pre 1700)
Renaissance poet. François Belleau, born in Bray in 1679, was a famous poisoner. Gabriel de Belleau, of the ancient branch of the Norman family, was a squire, lord of Belleau, and is recorded in 1696, when...
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Migration of the Belleu family to the New World and Oceana
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 Belleu 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 Belleu were 180 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them, Marie Belleau married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1670.
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