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An excerpt from archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: French, Irish, Scottish

The French name Brisson 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.


Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Brisson, including 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Brisson 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 Brisson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Brisson has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brisson were

Brisson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Madeleine Brisson, who settled in Louisiana in 1719
  • Madeleine Brisson, who landed in Louisiana in 1719

Brisson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • René Brisson, who arrived in Canada in 1664
  • Rene Brisson, who arrived in Canada in 1664


  • Alphonse V. Brisson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of White Plains, New York, 1937
  • François Brisson (b. 1958), French footballer who played from 1975 through 1993
  • Eugène Henri Brisson (1835-1912), French statesman, 50th Prime Minister of France (1885-1886) and 66th Prime Minister of France in 1898
  • Mathurin Jacques Brisson (1723-1806), French zoologist and natural philosopher, best known for his Pesanteur Spécifique des Corps (1787), a significant work involving the "specific weight of bodies"
  • Thérèse Brisson (b. 1966), Canadian gold medalist women's ice hockey player at the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Gerald Joseph Brisson (1937-2013), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey left winger
  • Jean-Serge Brisson (b. 1954), Canadian politician, leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada


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The Brisson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Brisson 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 23 March 2016 at 13:45.

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