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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.
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.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Debien research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the year 1588 is included under the topic Early Debien History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Debien Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Debien Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Debien Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Debien Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Debien Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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