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The Desmarais surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis," or "maresc," meaning "marsh."

Desmarais Early Origins



The surname Desmarais was first found in Cambray, Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where ancestors of the family belonged to the house of Bousis. According to Arthurian legend, Sir Hector de Maris (or Ector de Maris), was a Knight of the Round Table, younger half-brother of Lancelot and the natural son of King Ban of Benwick and the Lady de Maris.

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Desmarais Spelling Variations


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Desmarais Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Desmarais, Demarais, Des Marais, Desmarets, Desmarés, Desmareys, Desmaray, Desmaraie, Desmarest, Desmaret, Desmarets, Démarais, Démarets, Démarey, Démareys, Démarés, Démarey, Démaré, Démarés, Démarée, Démarées, Démaraie, Démaray, Maret, Marest, Marais, Mareys, Marets, Marest, Mares, Marays, Marrey, Mareys, Marées, Des Marest, Des Maret, Des Marets, Des Marez, De Marest, Du Marest, Du Marais, Du Marrey, Du Mareys, Du Mares, Du Marays, Du Mareys, Du Marées and many more.

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Desmarais Early History


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Desmarais Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Desmarais research. Another 593 words (42 lines of text) covering the years 1096, 1113, 1108, 1429, 1360, 1682, 1519, 1567, 1518, 1604, 1696, 1500, 1696, 1108, 1595, 1676, 1648, 1721, 1604, 1686, 1648, 1721, 1662, 1714, 1647, 1709, 1656 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Desmarais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Desmarais Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Desmarais Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family in this period was Baldwin I, Lord of Marets in the 11th century, as well as Hugues Maret, the first Priest at the Benedictine Abbey of Valbenoite, in 1108. Jean Desmarets (1595-1676), Sieur de (Lord of) Saint-Sorlin was the author of many volumes of poetry and critical...

Another 94 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Desmarais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desmarais Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ozine Desmarais, who arrived in Minnesota in 1871
  • Louis Desmarais, aged 52, who landed in America, in 1896

Desmarais Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Louis Desmarais, aged 63, who emigrated to America from Paris, in 1906
  • Seph Desmarais, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Rene Eugene Desmarais, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1912
  • Sephora Desmarais, aged 60, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1914
  • Joseph N. Desmarais, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Desmarais Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles Desmarais, 38, who arrived in Canada in 1643
  • Charles Desmarais, aged 38, landed in Canada in 1643
  • Pierre Desmarais, who was on record in Montreal in 1660

Desmarais Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • P.N. Desmarais, aged 36, who emigrated to Sorel, Canada, in 1913

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Contemporary Notables of the name Desmarais (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Desmarais (post 1700)



  • Paul Desmarais Sr (1927-2013), Canadian financier in Montreal, one of the ten richest people in Canada
  • Lorraine Desmarais (b. 1956), Canadian jazz pianist
  • Pierre DesMarais, Canadian politician and a city councillor in Montreal
  • France Chrétien Desmarais, Canadian lawyer and businesswoman
  • Marcel-Marie Desmarais (1908-1994), Canadian writer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 24 November 2016 at 19:42.

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