Show ContentsDeagle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Deagle is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at the castle of L'Aigle, on the River Risle.

Early Origins of the Deagle family

The surname Deagle was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat. Engenoulf de L'Aigle was the son of Fulbert de Beine, founder of the castle of l'Aigle on the River Risle in the arrondisement of Mortagne in Orne. Engenoulf had three sons - Roger who was slain in 1060, Richard who joined Duke William in his conquest of England and was granted the lands on which the Battle of Hastings took place, and Gilbert who was given the castle of Exmes by Duke Robert of Normandy who made him Viscount of that county. He was buried at Saint Sulpice after being mortally wounded in battle.

Jean Daigle, born in 1649, son of Georges and Marie Daigle (neé Chauvin), married Marie-Anne Croteau in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 5th November 1685 and he died in 1700. 1

Early History of the Deagle family

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Deagle Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Deagle is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Daigle, Laigle, D'Aigle, L'Aigle, DeAigle and many more.

Early Notables of the Deagle family

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Migration of the Deagle family

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Deagle has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Deagle were Charles and Marie Daigle who settled with Simon in Maryland in 1763; Christopher Daigle settled in Virginia in 1652.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook