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Where did the French Bres family come from? What is the French Bres family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bres family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bres family history?

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.

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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.

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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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.

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Another 71 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bres Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 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. 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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  • 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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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.

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