Bissonette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bissonette belongs to the early history of France, when a region and a dialect went by the name of Languedoc. It is a product of the family's residency in Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Bissonette family

The surname Bissonette was first found in Languedoc.

Early History of the Bissonette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bissonette research. Another 22 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Bissonette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bissonette Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Bissonette some of which are Bissonet, Bissonnette, Bisonnette, Bissonette, Bissonnet, Bisonet, Bisonnet, Bisonette, Bizanet, Bizanette, Bizannet and many more.

Early Notables of the Bissonette family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Guilin-Laurent Bizanet, a general born in 1755 who participated in the Revolution; after enrolling he was elected lieutenant-colonel. He fought in the Alps and in Italy and in 1815 Napoleon named him General of his division. In Canada as well, individuals of the lineage...
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Migration of the Bissonette 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 Bissonette. 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 Bissonette were 450 documented records in the annals of Canadian history of members of the same lineage who immigrated to Canada from France between 1600 and 1900. Most of the settlers, however, arrived in the nineteenth century, and records show that many were lawyers and doctors..

Contemporary Notables of the name Bissonette (post 1700) +

  • Charles Arthur Bissonette (1896-1971), American pursuit pilot and a flying ace in World War I
  • Matt Bissonette (b. 1961), American bass player and the brother of drummer Gregg Bissonette
  • Gregg Bissonette (b. 1959), American drummer, member of the David Lee Roth band
  • Adelphia Louis "Del" Bissonette (1899-1972), American Major League Baseball first baseman, manager and coach on Facebook
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