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The history of the Delisle 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 Languedo c. The name Delisle translates as of l'Isle, or of the island.


The surname Delisle was first found in Languedoc, where this family was established in early times.

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Delisle some of which are Delisle, Delile, Delille, de l'Isle, d'Isle and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Delisle 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 Delisle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Delisle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Quebe c. 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 Delisle. 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 Delisle were

Delisle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • François Delisle, who settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • J. Delisle, who arrived in New York in 1775

Delisle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francois H Delisle, aged 40, arrived in Texas in 1827
  • A L DeLisle, aged 40, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John Delisle, aged 28, landed in Missouri in 1839

Delisle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jacques Delisle, who settled in Quebec, where he married Marie-Louise Girard in 1738
  • Jean-Baptiste-Pierre Delisle, who settled in Saint-Villier, where he married Marie-Josette Bonnet in 1760

  • James Roger "Jim" DeLisle (b. 1949), retired American football defensive tackle who played for the Green Bay Packers in 1971
  • Louis Nelson "Big Eye" Delisle (1885-1949), American Dixieland jazz clarinetist in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Grey DeLisle (b. 1973), born Erin Grey Van Oosbree, an American actress, comedian, and recording artist
  • Peter Bienvenu DeLisle (1846-1908), American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Springwells Township, Michigan; Elected 1901; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1903-04
  • Eugene Delisle Sr., American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 8th Ward, 1956
  • Charles A. DeLisle, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1940, 1948
  • Jean-Marie Noël Delisle de Falcon, vicomte de Saint-Geniès, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Raymond Delisle (1943-2013), French professional road bicycle racer
  • Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle (1818-1894), French poet
  • Leopold Victor Delisle (1826-1910), French librarian and palaeographer
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    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Delisle Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Delisle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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