Delajardien History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Delajardien 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 Delajardien family
The surname Delajardien 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. 
Early History of the Delajardien family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delajardien research. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1631, 1683, 1637 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Delajardien History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delajardien Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Delajardien is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include 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 Delajardien family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Delajardien family
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 Delajardien 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 Delajardien 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.
- 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