The French name Debelleaux 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 Debelleaux family
The surname Debelleaux 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 Debelleaux family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debelleaux research.Another 61 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1679, 1696, 1738, 1829, 1857, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Debelleaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Debelleaux Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by 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 Debelleaux is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Belleau, Beleau, Bellot, Belot, de Belleau and others.
Early Notables of the Debelleaux 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 Debelleaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Debelleaux family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Debelleaux 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 Debelleaux 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.
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