Show ContentsDe bois History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Boisseau, which comes from the name Boissard, was originally a name given to a person that worked as a merchant and it was also used as a nickname for "un homme trapu", or in English, a "stocky man". [1]

Early Origins of the De bois family

The surname De bois was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat at the village of Beauce in the arrondisement of Blois. One source claims that the name Boisseau was seen with a noble family from Saintonge, a former French province on the central-west coast of France, that settled on the French owned Caribbean island of Martinique and maintained nobility in 1698. [2]

Early History of the De bois family

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De bois Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Boisseau, Boissel, Boissard, Boisselet, Boisselat, Boissenet, Boissonneau and many more.

Early Notables of the De bois family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Adrian Gouffier de Boissy (c. 1479-1523), a French Roman Catholic bishop and cardinal

United States De bois migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

De bois Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A C Debois, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

  1. Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook