The history of the Cuvilier family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy
. It is derived from the family living in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Cuvilier family
The surname Cuvilier was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family held a family seat
since early times.
Early History of the Cuvilier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cuvilier research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1766, 1809, 1824, 1803, 1836, 1847, 1876, 1813 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Cuvilier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cuvilier 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 Cuvilier, including Cuvelier, Cuvellier, Cuvilier, Cuvillier, Cuveliers, Cuvelliers, Cuviliers and many more.
Early Notables of the Cuvilier family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Cuvelier, a "trouvère" and the author of "Chronique de Bertrand du Guesclin"; Eugène Cuvellier, who was born in Paris in 1813... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cuvilier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cuvilier 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 Cuvilier surname were Philippe-Augustin Cuvilliers, the son of Jean-Philippe and Jacqueline Carpentier of Penin, in the diocese of Arras, who married Marie-Anne Chevalier in 1755 in Quebec City, and Augustin Cuvilliers, who married Angé.