The surname Bouchais is a name that evolved during the medieval era in the French region of Champagne
. It was a name for a person who worked as a butcher. Originally the name Bouchais was derived from the Old French word bochier, which means butcher.
Early Origins of the Bouchais family
The surname Bouchais was first found in the town of Chaumont in the department of Haute-Marne in the north-east of France. CITATION[CLOSE]
Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
Many of the Acadians that settled in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick starting in 1604 were originally from Poitou. In 1755 when the Acadians were deported by the British some of them settled in Quebec, but in 1785 the majority of them were deported to Louisiana where they became known as Cajuns. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
The name is sometimes seen as Leboucher in the north-west parts of France. Other variations of the name also depend on the region of France where the name is found. Some other variations of the name include, Bouchier, Bouchez (north), Bouchey (east), and Bouquier (south). CITATION[CLOSE]
Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
Early History of the Bouchais family
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Bouchais 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, Bouchais some of which are Boucher, Bouche, Bouchez, Bouchais, Bouchay, le Boucher, de Boucher and many more.
Early Notables of the Bouchais family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Boucher, Rector of the University and Vicar of St-Benoît, French naturalist; and Pierre Boucher de Boucherville (1622-1717) who went to Canada from France in 1635 with his father; at the age of 18, he entered the services of the Jesuits and spent... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bouchais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bouchais family to the New World and Oceana
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive 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 immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England
, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Bouchais surname were Andrew Boucher settled in Virginia in 1650; Jerreard Boucher settled in Barbados with his servants in 1680; Elizabeth Boucher settled in Rappahannock, Virginia, in 1728.