The history of the Delill family goes back to the Medieval landscape of southern France, to a region known as Languedoc
. It is derived from the family living in the parish of l'Isle, in Languedoc. The name Delill translates as of l'Isle, or of the island.
Early Origins of the Delill family
The surname Delill was first found in Languedoc
, where this family was established in early times.
Early History of the Delill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delill research.Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1572, 1589, 1644, 1671, 1675, 1688, 1696, 1738, 1756, 1813, 1816, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Delill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Delill Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by 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 Delill is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Delisle, Delile, Delille, de l'Isle, d'Isle and many more.
Early Notables of the Delill family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Guillaume Delisle (1675-1726), a French cartographer known for his popular and accurate maps of Europe and the newly explored Americas and Africa; Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (1688-1768), a French... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delill 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 Delill 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 Delill were Jacques Delisle, who settled in Quebec, where he married Marie-Louise Girard in 1738; François Delisle, who settled in Louisiana in 1756; Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Delisle, who settled in Saint-Villier, where he married Marie-Josette Bonnet in 1760.