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The French name Bres originated in the northern coastal region of France known as Normandy. The name Normandy was derived from the settlement and conquest of the territory by ("Northmen") better known as Vikings.

Bres Early Origins



The surname Bres was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family first originated, maintaining their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.

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Bres Spelling Variations


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Bres Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Bres include Brisson, Brison, Brès, Bris, Brix, de Brix, Bresset, Bresson, Bressot, Brice, Brisse, Brisset, Brissonot, Brissonneau, Brissonet, Brissonnet, Brissot, Brissaud and many more.

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Bres Early History


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Bres Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bres research. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1404, 1431, 1467, 1666, 1810, and 1813 are included under the topic Early Bres History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bres Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bres Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bres 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



France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and 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, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. 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. 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 Bres were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bres were

Bres Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Casimir Bres, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Abram Bres, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Auguston Bres, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Bres Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henri Bres, aged 26, who landed in America from Nice, France, in 1909
  • Laurette Bres, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
  • Marie Bres, aged 22, who landed in America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
  • Emili Bres, aged 30, who landed in America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
  • Henri Bres, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bres (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bres (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Edward Sedley Bres (1888-1967), American Commander Base 1, Base Section (Australia), Services of Supply (1944)
  • Madeleine Brès (1842-1921), first female French doctor in medicine
  • Malgorzata Bres (1959-1988), Polish fencer at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    8. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Bres Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bres 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 9 October 2013 at 07:30.

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