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Early Origins of the Delabray family

The surname Delabray was first found in Lorraine where this distinguished family held a family seat, and the main stem of this aristocratic family were elevated to the nobility on the 4th July 1622. They became the Marquis de Brie.

In Champagne they held a family seat in Camprond and intermarried with the distinguished family of Sablonnière. They branched westward into Brittany where they were elevated to the nobility as the Barons de Retz. From this point they moved south to Anjou and held a family seat at Serrant. They also branched to Limousin where they held estates. The family also established a house in Bourgogne at Brochardiere.

Jean LaBrie, son of Louis and Jeanne, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie-Xainte Boucher, daughter of Pierre and Marie, at Château-Richer on 7th November 1689. [1]

Early History of the Delabray family

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Delabray Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Labrie, Labre, Labree, Labret, L'Abri, Brie, DeBrie, Debrie, Dubray, Brehaut, Briart and many more.

Early Notables of the Delabray family (pre 1700)

Notable in the family name was Dick Theodore De Brie (1528-1598), French engraver, born at Liege in 1528, and worked for the greater part of his life at Frankfort. "He was for some years in London, and did work here which makes his name of some interest to the English student. He engraved the plates to Boissard's 'Roman Antiquities,' published in four volumes. " [2] Étienne Briard was an engraver of music, born at Bar-le-Duc towards the end of the 15th century, settled at Avignon in 1530. He replaced the square characters hitherto in use by round ones, and devised a simple...
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Migration of the Delabray family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Cecily Labree landed in America in 1704; Charles Labre settled in Quebec in 1760 from Poitou on the west coast of France.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook