The name Bissonnet 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 Bissonnet family
The surname Bissonnet was first found in Languedoc.
Early History of the Bissonnet family
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Bissonnet 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 Bissonnet, some of which include Bissonet, Bissonnette, Bisonnette, Bissonette, Bissonnet, Bisonet, Bisonnet, Bisonette, Bizanet, Bizanette, Bizannet and many more.
Early Notables of the Bissonnet 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... Another 54 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bissonnet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bissonnet family to the New World and Oceana
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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Bissonnet were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bissonnet 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 Bissonnet (post 1700)
- Michel Bissonnet (b. 1942), Canadian politician, President of the National Assembly of the Province of Quebec (2003-), and mayor of Saint-Léonard (1978-1981)
- Alfred Pike Bissonnet, Canadian diplomat