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The name Bissonnette 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.

Bissonnette Early Origins



The surname Bissonnette was first found in Languedoc.

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Bissonnette Spelling Variations


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Bissonnette Spelling Variations



Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Bissonnette, including Bissonet, Bissonnette, Bisonnette, Bissonette, Bissonnet, Bisonet, Bisonnet, Bisonette, Bizanet, Bizanette, Bizannet and many more.

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Bissonnette Early History


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Bissonnette Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bissonnette research. Another 43 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1755 and 1815 are included under the topic Early Bissonnette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bissonnette Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bissonnette Early Notables (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 Bissonnette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Bissonnette 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 Bissonnette 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..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bissonnette (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bissonnette (post 1700)



  • Michael D. Bissonnette, American politician, Mayor of Chicopee, Massachusetts in 2009
  • Anik Bissonnette (b. 1962), Canadian ballet dancer, principal dancer (1990-) with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
  • André Bissonnette (b. 1945), Canadian Quebec businessman and politician, elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 election
  • Lise Bissonnette OQ (b. 1945), Canadian writer and journalist
  • Paul Bissonnette (b. 1985), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Bernard Bissonnette (1898-1964), Canadian lawyer, politician, and professor of law

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bissonnette Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bissonnette Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 15 December 2015 at 08:04.

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