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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.

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The surname Cormier was first found in Brittany in de Chambray, where they held a family seat.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst this name at this time was Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), a French tragedian, often called “the founder of French tragedy"; Michel Corneille the Elder ( c. 1601-1664)...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cormier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Quebe c. 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

  • Alexandre Cyr Cormier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Jean Cormier, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Pierre Cormier, who landed in South Carolina in 1755
  • Rose Cormier, who landed in South Carolina in 1763
  • Charles Cormier, aged 20, landed in South Carolina in 1763
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Cormier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ambroise Francoise Cormier, who arrived in New York in 1819
  • Ambrose, Cormier Jr., who landed in New York in 1822
  • Catharine Cormier, who arrived in New York in 1822
  • Ambroise, Cormier Jr., who landed in New York in 1822

Cormier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Robert Cormier (1602-1712), born in Poitou, an indentured ship's carpenter who arrived in Acadia in 1644

Cormier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Cormier, aged 36, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Isabelle Chiasson Cormier, aged 29, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jean Cormier, aged 25, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jean Cormier, aged 30, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Jean Cormier, aged 41, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
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  • Kenneth Cormier (1933-2013), American businessman, founder of Funtown Splashtown USA
  • Robert Edmund Cormier (1925-2000), American author, columnist, and newspaper reporter
  • Lance Robert Cormier (b. 1980), American Major League baseball player
  • Patrice Victor Cormier (b. 1990), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
  • Father Clément Cormier CC (1910-1987), Canadian Priest and academic, founder of University of Moncton
  • Charles Cormier (1813-1887), French-Canadian politician, member of the Senate of Canada from 1867 to 1887
  • Rhéal Paul Cormier (b. 1967), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ernest Cormier OC (1885-1980), Canadian engineer and architect
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    Other References

    1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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