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Where did the French Deschamps family come from? What is the French Deschamps family crest and coat of arms? When did the Deschamps family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Deschamps family history?

The majestic region of Picardy in France was the place of origin of the prestigious surname Deschamps. Deschamps is a topographic surname, which is a form of hereditary surname, and was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The surname Deschamps is derived from the Old French word "champ," which means field, and literally means "of the fields."


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First found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where the family was first established, and expanded to become one of the more notable names in the region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deschamps research. Another 797 words(57 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1346, 1406, 1450, 1567, 1574, 1608, 1619, 1683, 1715, 1791, 1800, 1861, 1869, and 1871 are included under the topic Early Deschamps History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 411 words(29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deschamps Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Issac Broussard DesChamps, who settled in New York in 1668
  • Isaac Broussard DesChamps, who landed in New York, NY in 1668

Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Deschamps, aged 40, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Philippe Deschamps, 45, who settled in Louisiana in 1719 with his wife Claudine
  • Blanche Deschamps, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763
  • Frosine Deschamps, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763

Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antoine Deschamps, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1816
  • Miss Deschamps, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Antoine Deschamps, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852

Deschamps Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Deschamps, who arrived in Canada in 1642
  • Toussaint Deschamps, who landed in Montreal in 1653

Deschamps Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Isaac Deschamps, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760


  • Paul Deschamps (1888-1974), French archaeologist
  • Hubert Deschamps (1900-1979), French historian and administrator
  • Jean-Pierre Deschamps (b. 1941), physician and general manager of the Centre de Médecine Préventive in the French city of Nancy, where he also held the position of town councilor from 1970 to 1975
  • Eustache Deschamps (1345-1406), French poet
  • Jacques Antoine Deschamps de la Varenne, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Sidney Deschamps, lawyer, New York City, New York
  • Noel St Clair Deschamps, Diplomat, Victoria, Australia


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The Deschamps Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deschamps 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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