The name De longrais belongs to the early history of France, in that much fought over region of Normandy
. It is a product of the family's residency at Longueuil, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the De longrais family
The surname De longrais was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family established itself in early times.
One of the first records of the name was Guillaume Longue-Épée (c. 893-942), also known as William Longsword. He was the second ruler of Normandy, from 927 until his assassination in 942 when he was ambushed and killed by followers of Arnulf while at a peace conference to settle their differences. He was son of the Viking Rollo (c.846-930), the first ruler of Normandy.
Early History of the De longrais family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our De longrais research.Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1470, and 1880 are included under the topic Early De longrais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
De longrais 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 longrais is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Delong, DeLong, Delon, Long, Lelong, Longin, Longet, Longuet, Longuay, Longueuil, Longeau, Longueau, Longeaux, Longueaux, Longeaud, Longaud, Longeret, Longueret and many more.
Early Notables of the De longrais family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Richard Olivier de Longueuil, a French prelate, who was ordered by the pope to oversee the trial of Jeanne d'Arc, and... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early De longrais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the De longrais 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 De longrais surname were
De longrais Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- M. Delongrais, who settled in Louisiana in 1729