The people of Gascogne
, an ancient region of France adopted Bienvenue as a surname during the Middle Ages. Bienvenue was a name for someone who lived in Gascony, where the family was established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.
Early Origins of the Bienvenue family
The surname Bienvenue was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain
, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was anciently established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.
Early History of the Bienvenue family
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Bienvenue Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Bienvenue, some of which include Desbiens, Dubien, Debien, Bien, Bienne, Bienné, Bienabe, Bienabé, Bienaimé, Bienaymé, Bienvenu, Bienvenue and many more.
Early Notables of the Bienvenue family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bienvenue family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Bienvenue has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bienvenue were Étienne Debien, who married Marie Campeau in Montreal in 1691; François Bienvenu, who married Geneviève Laferrière in Quebec in 1701.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bienvenue (post 1700)
- Fulgence Bienvenüe (1852-1936), French civil engineer, best known for his role in the Paris Métro, often been named "Le Père du Métro" (Father of the Metro)
- Valmore Bienvenue (1894-1952), Canadian lawyer and politician in Quebec, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1942