Cournoyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Cournoyer family

The surname Cournoyer was first found in Brittany, where the family was anciently seated in Cornouaille, a seigniory erected in favor of Brotherel d'Anger.

Early History of the Cournoyer family

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Cournoyer 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 Cournoyer, including Cournoyer, Cournot, Courneau, Cournaud, Cournaut, Cournaux, Cournauld, Cournault, Cournaulx and many more.

Early Notables of the Cournoyer family (pre 1700)

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Cournoyer Ranking

In the United States, the name Cournoyer is the 10,520th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Cournoyer is ranked the 514th most popular surname. [2]

United States Cournoyer migration to the United States +

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 Cournoyer 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 Cournoyer were

Cournoyer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Cournoyer, an Acadian Exile on record in Cayenne, French Guiana in 1764
Cournoyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Augustin Cournoyer, who was on record in Iowa in 1837
  • Jean Bt. Cournoyer, who was naturalized in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan in 1837
Cournoyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Cournoyer, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Coperas" from Hamburg, Germany [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cournoyer (post 1700) +

  • Gaston A Cournoyer, U.S. Vice Consul in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1929
  • Normand Cournoyer (b. 1951), Canadian former professional ice hockey player
  • Charle Cournoyer (b. 1991), Canadian gold and bronze medalist short track speed skater
  • Réjean Cournoyer (b. 1971), Canadian actor and singer
  • Gérard Cournoyer (1912-1973), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Richelieu-Verchères (1946-1952)
  • Michèle Cournoyer (b. 1943), Canadian animator
  • Jean Cournoyer (b. 1934), retired Canadian politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Saint-Jacques (1969-1970)
  • Yvan Serge "The Roadrunner" Cournoyer (b. 1943), Canadian professional NHL hockey player, inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982

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  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Alfred Cournoyer, 17 Aug 1919; citing departure port Hamburg, Germany, arrival port New York, ship name Coperas, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). on Facebook