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Besnard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: French , German


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


Early Origins of the Besnard family


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

Early History of the Besnard family


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Another 34 words (2 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Besnard family (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...
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Migration of the Besnard family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Besnard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Francoise Besnard, who arrived in Montreal, Que. in 1653
  • Francoise Besnard, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Rene Besnard, aged 24, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • René Besnard, son of Jean and Madeleine, married Marie Sédilot, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 2nd February 1661 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Mathurin Besnard, son of Louis and Mathurine, married Marguerite Viart, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Quebec on 11th October 1672 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Besnard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • René Besnard, son of Mathurin and Marguerite, married Anne Gibault, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th July 1710 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre-Louis Besnard, son of Gabriel and Geneviève, married Jeanne Desry, daughter of Maurice and Madeleine, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 27th July 1717 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Joseph Besnard, son of Joseph and Marguerite, married Marie Favreau, daughter of Mathurin and Madeleine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 27th July 1722 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean Besnard, son of Claude and Marguerite, married Marie-Madeleine Périllard, daughter of Nicolas and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 12th June 1724 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Denis Besnard, son of Jean and Françoise, married Marie Croquelois, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in Montreal, Quebec on 27th July 1728 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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Citations


  1. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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