Normandy. The name came from the medieval given name Fleuri.
Early Origins of the Defleurrey family
Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family has been kept on record from ancient times. Some of the first records of the name include: Abbo of Fleury (Latin: Abbo Floriacensis) (c. 945-1004), also known as Saint Abbon was a monk, and later abbot, of Fleury Abbey; Abbo of Fleury (died 1004) a monk and abbot of Fleury; Andrew of Fleury ( fl. 1043) wrote Miracula sancti Benedicti; and Hugh of Fleury (died c. 1118) a monk of Fleury known for his chronicles and other writings.
Early History of the Defleurrey family
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Defleurrey Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Fleury, Fleurie, Fleurey, Fleuries, Fleurry, Fleurrie, Fleurries, Fleurrey, de Fleury, du Fleury, de Fleurey, du Fleurey, de Fleurry, du Fleurry, de Fleurrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Defleurrey family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Jean Fleury (or Florin) (died 1527), a 16th-century French naval officer and privateer, best known for the capture of two out of the three Spanish galleons carrying the Aztec treasure from Mexico to Spain in 1522. According to Forbes, he was the sixth...
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Migration of the Defleurrey 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 Defleurrey 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 Defleurrey were Jacques Fleury, who was on record in Montreal in 1653; Francois Fleury, who came to Quebec in 1659; Abraham Fleury, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1680.
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