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The people of Gascogne, an ancient region of France adopted Debien as a surname during the Middle Ages. Debien was a name for someone who lived in Gascony, where the family was established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.

Early Origins of the Debien family


The surname Debien was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was anciently established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.

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Early History of the Debien family

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Early History of the Debien family


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Debien Spelling Variations

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Debien 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 Debien is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Desbiens, Dubien, Debien, Bien, Bienne, Bienné, Bienabe, Bienabé, Bienaimé, Bienaymé, Bienvenu, Bienvenue and many more.

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Early Notables of the Debien family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Debien family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Debien family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Debien family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Debien Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Étienne Debien, who married Marie Campeau in Montreal in 1691

Debien Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Étienne Debien, who married Marie-Dorothée Tremblay in Baie-St-Paul, Quebec in 1715
  • Joseph Debien, who married Marie-Louise Lemarié in Ste-Foye in 1752

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