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The proud French name Besnard was formed in Normandy when the family resided in Normandy.

Besnard Early Origins



The surname Besnard was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

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Besnard Spelling Variations


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Besnard 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 Besnard, including Benard, Bénard, Benar, Bénar, Besnard, Bésnard and many more.

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Besnard Early History


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Besnard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Besnard research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1573, 1666, 1789, 1807, 1808, and 1844 are included under the topic Early Besnard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Besnard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Besnard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family in this period was Laurent Bénard, who was the prior at Cluny College and was born in 1573 in Nevers, France. He wrote at least five works during his lifetime. The De Bénard family owned much land, property and manors, and members of this family were barons...

Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Besnard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Besnard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Francoise Besnard arrived in Montreal, Que. in 1653
  • Francoise Besnard, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Rene Besnard, aged 24, landed in Montreal in 1653

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Contemporary Notables of the name Besnard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Besnard (post 1700)



  • Florent Besnard (b. 1984), French professional football player
  • Pierre Besnard (1886-1947), French revolutionary syndicalist
  • Paul-Albert Besnard (1849-1934), French Painter
  • David Besnard (b. 1977), Australian race car driver

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Besnard Family Crest Products


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Besnard Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    4. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Besnard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Besnard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:18.

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