The people of Gascogne
, an ancient region of France adopted Desbiens as a surname during the Middle Ages. Desbiens was a name for someone who lived in Gascony, where the family was established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.
Early Origins of the Desbiens family
The surname Desbiens was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain
, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was anciently established in a commune in the department of Basses-Pyrénées, near Bayonne.
Early History of the Desbiens family
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Desbiens 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 Desbiens, some of which include Desbiens, Dubien, Debien, Bien, Bienne, Bienné, Bienabe, Bienabé, Bienaimé, Bienaymé, Bienvenu, Bienvenue and many more.
Early Notables of the Desbiens family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Desbiens family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Desbiens has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Desbiens were
Desbiens Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles E. Desbiens, aged 49, originally from London, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GT-6YW : 6 December 2014), Charles E. Desbiens, 08 Apr 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Desbiens (post 1700)
- Laurent Desbiens (b. 1969), French cyclist who won the Four Days of Dunkirk and won a stage in the 1997 Tour de France
- Patrice Desbiens (b. 1948), French-Canadian poet, finalist for the Governor General's Prize in 1985
- Jonathan Desbiens, Canadian filmmaker
- Brother Jean-Paul Desbiens F.M.S., OC, (1927-2006), Frère Pierre-Jérôme, a French-Canadian writer, journalist, teacher and member of the Catholic institute of Marist Brothers
- Guillaume Desbiens (b. 1985), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey right winger who played with the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames