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The name Cormier is derived from the Old French word "corme," which referred to the fruit of the "sorb" or "service" tree. The surname most likely evolved from a nickname originally used for someone who lived near such a tree, or who sold its fruit at the market.
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 Cormier, including Cormier, Cormiere, Cormie, Cormey, De Cormie, De Cormey, De Cormier and many more.
First found in Brittany in de Chambray, where they held a family seat.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cormier research. Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1079, 1480, 1681, 1701, 1850, 1606, 1684, 1601, 1664, 1642, 1708, 1646 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Cormier History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Cormier 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 Cormier were
Cormier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Cormier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Cormier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Cormier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Cormier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cormier 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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