Bichaud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The history of the Bichaud family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to the coastal region known as Normandy. It is derived from the family living in Normandy. 
It is believed by some sources that the name Bisson originally came from the French word "buisson", which translates to "small tree" or "bush". 
Early Origins of the Bichaud family
The surname Bichaud was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Richard du Buisson accompanied Guillaume the Conqueror, and his name is on the list of the companions of this prince in the church of Dives. Philippe du Buisson is cited in 1160. Richard du Buisson crossed Richard Heart of a Lion in 1189. Philippe du Buisson and his son Robert died in the seventh crusade in 1251.
Early History of the Bichaud family
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Bichaud Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Bisson, Buisson, Bichon, Du Buisson, Du Bisson, Beson and many more.
Early Notables of the Bichaud family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was a lawyer of the King, two priors (priests) from Caen, a councillor at the Rouen parliament, two general captains for the militia of Normandy, two knights of Saint Louis. This family maintained its nobility, recorded in 1637, and was present at the assembly of the nobility of Caen in 1789. Other branches of the line brought Louis-Charles Bisson, bishop of Calvados, born in 1742. He produced many works, such as discourses, mandates, ordinances of the time of the French Revolution, and many works which were more political than religious. Pierre-François-Jean-Gaspard Bisson was a...
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Migration of the Bichaud family
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. 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. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Bichaud. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bichaud were over 300 individuals of the lineage are documented to have arrived in Canada from France. Among the first settlers were Antoine Bisson, married in Duquet in 1671.
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- ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
- ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.