The name Delaforge is an ancient French name that was given to a person from Brittany
who was a person who worked in a forge or smithy.
Early Origins of the Delaforge family
The surname Delaforge was first found in Brittany
where this distinguished family held a family seat
at d'Espinay as members of the aristocratic families of that region.
Early History of the Delaforge family
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Delaforge Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Delaforge include Forge, Delaforge, LaForge, Laforge, Forges and others.
Early Notables of the Delaforge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Delaforge family to the New World and Oceana
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 Delaforge 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 Delaforge were Andre Laforge who settled in Quebec in 1761 from Normandy; Adrian LaForge settled in New York state in 1672; John William LaForge and his wife settled in America in 1709..