Bouvet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Bouvet first began in medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Bouvet family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Bouvet was an occupational name for a person who worked in a cowshed. Looking back further, we find the name Bouvet was derived from the Old French word boverie, which means a stable for oxen.

Early Origins of the Bouvet family

The surname Bouvet was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where bearers of this family name and their ancestors have been located since ancient times.

Early History of the Bouvet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bouvet research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1376, 1391, 1430, 1519, 1500, 1544, 1677, 1744, 1743, 1746, 1700, 1648, 1717 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Bouvet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bouvet Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bouvier, Bouviez, Bouviet, Bouviest, Bouviait, Bouviais, Bouviaie, Bouviaies, Buvier, Buviez, Buviet, Buviest, Buviait, Buviais, Buviaies, Buviaie, Buviaies, Bouvié, Buvié, De Bouvier, Le Bouvier, De Buvier, Le Buvier and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouvet family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bouvet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bouvet migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouvet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Louis Bouvet, who settled in New York State in 1775
  • Louis Bouvet, who arrived in New York in 1798 [1]

Canada Bouvet migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouvet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Bouvet, son of Jean and Suzanne, who married Madeleine De Bidquin, daughter of Pierre and Annonciade, in Quebec on 17th October 1673 [2]
Bouvet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Bouvet, son of Michel and Madeleine, who married Marguerite Colombe, daughter of Louis and Jeanne, in Quebec on 7th November 1703 [2]
  • Joseph Bouvet, son of François and Marguerite, who married Madeleine Circé, daughter of François and Marie-Madeleine, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th November 1737 [2]
  • Michel Bouvet, son of François and Marguerite, who married Élisabeth Mignot, daughter of René and Cécile, in Montreal, Quebec on 4th November 1738 [2]
  • Pierre Bouvet, son of François and Margerite, who married Catherine Bériau, daughter of Maurice and Catherine, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 7th January 1741 [2]
  • Pierre-Joseph Bouvet, son of François and Marguerite, who married Marie-Louise Fournier, daughter of Michel and Marie-Catherine, in Quebec on 20th May 1754 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouvet (post 1700) +

  • Albert Bouvet (1930-2017), French professional cyclist who won Paris–Tours in 1956

The Bouvet Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook
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