Forez is where Delhommeau was first used as a surname. Delhommeau was a name for a person who lived near an elm tree, having derived its orgin from the Old French word orme, meaning elm tree.
Early Origins of the Delhommeau family
Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the family had an integral role in the social and cultural aspects of the region.
Early History of the Delhommeau family
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Delhommeau Spelling Variations
local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Delhommeau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Delorme, DeLorme, Delormes, DeLormes, Delourmes, DeLourmes, Delormeau, Dorme, de l'Orme, De l'Orme and many more.
Early Notables of the Delhommeau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Delhommeau family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Delhommeau. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Delhommeau were Marie DeLourmes, who arrived in Carolina in 1679; Marie (also registered as Marye) DeLorme, who took up residence in Carolina from 1695 to 1696; Pierre Delorme, who settled in Louisiana in 1756.
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