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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."

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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.

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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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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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...

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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
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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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  • 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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    Other References

    1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    2. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    3. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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