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Desautels History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Desautels 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 Desautels family


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

Early History of the Desautels family


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Desautels Spelling Variations


Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Desautels, including Desautels, Desotell, Desautel, Desautelle, des Autels, des Autelz, Desautelz, Désautars and many more.

Early Notables of the Desautels family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Desautels family to the New World and Oceana


Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Desautels 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 Desautels were

Desautels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Desautels, who married Marguerite Alaire in St-Ours in 1756

Desautels Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Desautels, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre DesAutels, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Desautels, who married Marie Rémy in Montreal in 1666

Desautels Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Gilbert Desautels, who married Marie-Charlotte Étienne in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1708
  • Louis Desautels, who married Agathe Boudreau in Longue-Pointe in 1734

Contemporary Notables of the name Desautels (post 1700)


  • Eugene Abraham "Red" Desautels (1907-1994), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1930 to 1946
  • Sergeant Richard G. Desautels (1932-1953), United States Army corporal who was captured on December 1, 1950 but was not returned at the end of the Korean War having died in captivity, posthumously awarded the Prisoner of War Medal and the Purple Heart
  • Michel Désautels (b. 1951), Canadian writer and journalist
  • L Denis Desautels (b. 1943), Canadian accountant and politician, Auditor General of Canada (1991-2001)

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