The French name Debelleau first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy
. It is derived from when the family having lived at Belleau, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Debelleau family
The surname Debelleau was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
. Belleau Abbey, later Belleau Priory was a Cistercian monastery in Villeneuve-la-Lionne, Marne, France, about 15 kilometres south-west of Montmirail. It was founded in 1242 but over the years has fallen in ruin.
Early History of the Debelleau family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debelleau research.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1679, 1696, 1738, 1829, 1857, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Debelleau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Debelleau Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Debelleau some of which are Belleau, Beleau, Bellot, Belot, de Belleau and others.
Early Notables of the Debelleau family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Remy (or Rémi) Belleau (1528-1577), a French Renaissance
poet. François Belleau, born in Bray in 1679, was a famous poisoner. Gabriel de Belleau, of the ancient branch of the Norman family, was a squire, lord of Belleau, and is recorded in 1696, when... Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Debelleau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Debelleau 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 Debelleau 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 Debelleau were 180 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them, Marie Belleau married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1670.