The French name Bressett 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.
Early Origins of the Bressett family
The surname Bressett 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.
Early History of the Bressett family
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Bressett Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Brisson, Brison, Brès, Bris, Brix, de Brix, Bresset, Bresson, Bressot, Brice, Brisse, Brisset, Brissonot, Brissonneau, Brissonet, Brissonnet, Brissot, Brissaud and many more.
Early Notables of the Bressett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bressett family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. 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 Bressett 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 Bressett were René Brisson, who arrived in Canada in 1664; Madeleine Brisson, who settled in Louisiana in 1719; Henry Brissonnet, 20; who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1823.