Show ContentsDesautel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Desautel was a local name derived from any of several place names in France. For example, Les Autels, in Aisne, Calvados, Les Autels, in Eure-et-Loire, and Les Autels, in Seine-Maritime.

Early Origins of the Desautel family

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

Early History of the Desautel family

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Desautel Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Desautel, some of which include Desautels, Desotell, Desautel, Desautelle, des Autels, des Autelz, Desautelz, Désautars and many more.

Early Notables of the Desautel family

Notable amongst the family name at this time was

  • Guillaume Desautels (1529- c.1599), French poet from Burgundy

Migration of the Desautel family

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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Desautel were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Desautel were Pierre Desautels, who married Marie Rémy in Montreal in 1666; Gilbert Desautels, who married Marie-Charlotte Étienne in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1708.

Contemporary Notables of the name Desautel (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Dick Desautel, Professor in the department of mechanical & aerospace engineering at San José State University on Facebook