Billeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Billeau is an old Breton name. It comes from when the family lived in Brittany, where the family had settled in a seigniory which dates back to 1450.
Early Origins of the Billeau family
The surname Billeau was first found in Brittany, where the family had settled in a seigniory which dates back to 1450.
The members also formed branches in other regions. The branch Bilaudeau was established in the department of Landes, in the district of Dax. The branch Bilaudelle was established in a village in Basses-Pyrénées, in the district of Oloron. Several members of this illustrious family became renowned. Guillaume-Pascal Billot, a doctor, was born in 1768, the son of Jean-Baptiste, a notary in Cucuron (Vaucluse). Frédéric-Florentin Billot, who was born in Auxonne in 1805 and who died in 1868, was a publicist. Albert Billot, a diplomat, was born in 1841. Toussaint-Marie-René Billotte, who was born in Tarbes in 1846 and who died in 1914, was a renowned painter.
Jacques Bilodeau, born in 1636, son of Pierre and Jeanne, settled in Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Geneviève Longchamp, born in 1632, daughter of Pierre and Marie, on 28th October 1654. They remained together in Quebec until Jacques' death at Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans on 8th February 1712. His wife, Geneviève, passed away six years later in 1718. 
Early History of the Billeau family
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Billeau 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 Billot, Billotte, Billotet, Billotey, Billod, Bilodeau, Bilaudeau, Bilodel, Bilaudel, Bilodelle, Bilaudelle, Billaud, Billaux, Billaut, Billeau, Billeaux, Bilhaut and many more.
Early Notables of the Billeau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billeau 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 Billeau. 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 Billeau were Jean Bilodeau, who married Élisabeth Lehoux in Ste-Famille in 1682; Jacques Bilodeau, who married Marie-Françoise Paquet in Beaumont in 1721.