The French name De la guerche has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. This history is intrinsically entwined with that region known as Normandy
, for it was derived from when the De la guerche family lived in Normandy, at Gueron.
Early Origins of the De la guerche family
The surname De la guerche was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
at Gueron and were the seigneurie of that area, in the department of Calvados in the arrondissement of Bayou. In 1086 Turstin de Giron or Girounde was an under-tenant of Odo, Bishop of Bayou. Later, in 1133, Gueron is described as a bravassoria of the Bishop of Bayou. They also branched to Grée and Landelle in Brittany
. This distinguished family were Grand Masters of the Order of St.Jean of Jerusalem in 1231.
Early History of the De la guerche family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De la guerche research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1698, 1774, 1805, 1810, 1833, 1839, and 1848 are included under the topic Early De la guerche History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De la guerche Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name De la guerche is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Guerrin, Guerren, Guerin, Guerinne, Guerrein, Guereon, Gueron, Gerin, Garin, Le Guerin, Guerenne, Le Guerinne, De Guerin, De Guerrin, Du Guerin and many more.
Early Notables of the De la guerche family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Gilles Guérin (1611-1678), French sculptor; Louis Laguerre (1663-1721), a French decorative painter who mainly worked in England; Pierre Guérin de Tencin (1679-1758), French ecclesiastic; Claudine Guérin de Tencin (1681-1749), French salonist and... Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De la guerche Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De la guerche family to the New World and Oceana
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 De la guerche 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 De la guerche were Guillaume Guerin who settled in Quebec in 1704 from Normandy; Bertrand Guerin settled in Quebec in 1739 also from Normandy; Jacques Benjamin Guerin from Brittany
settled in Quebec in 1759.