The proud French name Descheneaux was formed in Normandy
when the family resided in Normandy
, at the town of Quesney or Chenay. The family name is a local
form of this place name, meaning of Quesney or Chenay.
Early Origins of the Descheneaux family
The surname Descheneaux was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family dates back to the Gauls in the sixth century when their root name of Cassanus was used according to the French historian Morlet. After the 9th century the family allied and intermarried with the Vikings
or Northmen, when they were recorded as an ancient Norman family with seats and estates. Today Chassaing is a settlement in Guadeloupe in the commune of Saint-François, on the island of Grande-Terre.
Early History of the Descheneaux family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Descheneaux research.Another 781 words (56 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1227, 1340, 1342, 1500, 1584, 1640, 1700, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Descheneaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Descheneaux Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Descheneaux include Duchesne, du Chesne, Duchèsne, Duchès, Duchène, Duchêne, Duchêsne, Chisne, Chauny, Chesne, Chesneau, Chenay, Chesnaie, Lequesne, Duquesne, Chene, Chaine, Chand, Chesnot, DuChaine, Duchesneau, Duchesnaux, Descheneaux, Duquesne, LeQuesne, Chassaing, Duchand and many more.
Early Notables of the Descheneaux family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was André Duchesne (1584-1640) French geographer and historian, often called the father of French history; Abraham Duquesne, Marquis du Bouchet (c.1610-1688), a French naval officer; Guillaume Chesneau, chevalier, seigneur, cup-bearer to... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Descheneaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Descheneaux family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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. 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Descheneaux 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 Descheneaux were Madame Duchesne, aged 40, who settled in New Orleans in 1823; J.B. Duchesne, aged 44, who settled in New Orleans in 1822; André Duchene who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1795.
Contemporary Notables of the name Descheneaux (post 1700)
- Brian Descheneaux (b. 1969), American assistant editor, known for his work on 23 episodes of Breadwinners (2014-2015)
- Brigadier General Raymond R. Descheneaux, American Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation who piloted 319 combat missions in Iraq, Kosovo, Burundi and Somalia
- Valérie Descheneaux, French actress, known for L'auberge du chien noir (2003), Watatatow (1990) and La chambre no 13 (2006)
- Julien Descheneaux, French actress