The name Defornier has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of
. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc.
since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Defornier research.Another 470 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1317, 1342, 1452, 1533, 1624, 1578, 1650, 1652, 1709, 1820, 1830, 1575, 1630 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Defornier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Defornier, some of which include Fornier, Forniest, Forniez, Forniée, Fournier, Fournié, de Fournier, Fourney, de Fornier, Forner and many more.
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Defornier has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Defornier were Martin Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1748; William Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1852; Lewis
Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1866; Honoré.