Early Origins of the Couillard family
The surname Couillard was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Couillard family
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Couillard Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Couillard, including Couillard, Couillaud, Couilleau, Coillard, Coillau, Couillet, Couillot, Coillette and many more.
Early Notables of the Couillard family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Joseph Couillard, who was a surgeon in Montélimar during the seventeenth century; Rose-Prothade-Achille Coillot was a politician in Montbozon. A medical doctor, mayor of Montbozon, general councillor, and president of the agricultural group, he was elected... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Couillard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Couillard family to the New World and Oceana
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England
, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Couillard surname were
Couillard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Pierre Couillard, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1919
- Marcel Couillard, aged 20, who landed in America from Le Havre, France, in 1920
- Pierre Couillard, aged 48, who landed in America from Le Havre, in 1921
Couillard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Guillaume Couillard was married in 1621 in Quebec
- Guillaume Couillard, who landed in Quebec in 1627
- Elizabeth Couillard married in 1645 in Quebec
- Catherine-Gertrude Couillard married in 1664 in Quebec
Couillard Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Arthur Couillard, aged 21, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1917
Contemporary Notables of the name Couillard (post 1700)
- Philippe Couillard (b. 1957), Canadian politician, 31st and current Premier of Quebec, leader of the Quebec Liberal Party and a former university professor and neurosurgeon
- Paul Couillard (b. 1961), Canadian performance artist and new media artist, writer and curator
- Antoine-Gaspard Couillard (1789-1847), French-Canadian seigneur, physician and political figure in Lower Canada
- Guillaume Couillard (b. 1975), professional Monegasque tennis player
- Pierre Couillard, Canadian professor in the biological sciences department at the University of Montreal