Dejean History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Dejean was formed many centuries ago in France during the Dark Ages in that northern western region known as Brittany (French: Bretagne).  It was a name typically given to a vegetable gardener. It translates as, "of the gardens," and was originally given to the person in charge of growing edible produce.
Early Origins of the Dejean family
The surname Dejean was first found in Brittany, where this distinguished family first established itself as one of the most prestigious families of the region.
From this acclaimed family came many Lords of Bretagne and after branching to Bourgogne in 1500, the members of this noble family also became Lords in Normandy. By 1533, members of the renowned Desjardins family had spread and prospered as far as Livet in Grenoble.
Louis Isnar Desjardins, 1814-1894, a French engraver, was famous for inventing chromo typography. Felix Desjardins was known for his talents as a naturalist, along with Albert Desjardin, a noted French engineer.
Claude Des Jardins, born in 1649, son of Marin and Marguerite (née Gabrielle), travelled from France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Marguerite Cardillon, born in 1651, daughter of Noel and Marie (née Dubois), in Quebec on 12th January 1666. 
Important Dates for the Dejean family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dejean research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1683, 1637 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Dejean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dejean Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Dejean, including Desjardin, Desjardins, DesJardin, DesJardins, Des Jardins, Desjardines, DesJardines, Déjardin, Déjardins, Dujardin, DuJardin, Desjardains, Desjardain, Déjardain, DéJardien, Déjerdin, Desjerdin, Desjerdins, Déjerdins, Déjerdain, Déjerdains, Le Jardin, Les Jardins, Lesjardins, Jardin, Jardines, Desjerdin and many more.
Early Notables of the Dejean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dejean family
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Dejean 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 Dejean were Michel Desjardins, who arrived in Montreal, Quebec in 1653; Claude Desjardin, who arrived in Canada in 1665; John Desjardins, who settled in Maryland in 1666.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dejean (post 1700)
- Pierre François Marie Auguste Dejean, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Jean François Aimé Dejean, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Jean Antoine Dejean, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 26) Pierre Dejean. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 26) Jean Dejean. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html