Show ContentsDesmarets History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Desmarets family

The surname Desmarets 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.

René Desmarais, son of Jean and Jeanne (née Brassard), travelled from Poitou, France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Jeanne Blondeau at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 16th November 1671. [1]

Early History of the Desmarets family

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Desmarets 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.

Early Notables of the Desmarets family

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 wa...
  • Nicolas Desmarets, known as the Marquis de Maillebois (1648-1721) was a French statesman who held a high rank in the financial administration of the country


United States Desmarets migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desmarets Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Desmarets, who settled in Louisiana in 1758

Canada Desmarets migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Desmarets Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean-François Desmarets, son of Robert and Marie, who married Anne Le Sont in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 16th January 1656 [2]
  • Charles Desmarets, son of Charles and Marie, who married Marie Lauzon, daughter of Gilles and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 26th February 1680 [2]
  • Paul Desmarets, son of Jacques and Marie-Marthe, who married Marie Tétro, daughter of Louis and Nathalie, in Champlain, Quebec on 14th October 1681 [2]
  • Robert Desmarets, son of Nicolas and Marie, who married Élisabeth Richaume, daughter of Pierre and Marthe, in Repentigny, Quebec on 23rd July 1682 [2]
Desmarets Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michel Desmarets, son of Paul and Marie, who married Marie-Françoise Benoit, daughter of Etienne and Nicole, in Montreal, Quebec on 4th January 1712 [2]
  • Paul Desmarets, son of Paul and Marie, who married Marguerite Fontaine, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Quebec on 23rd April 1715 [2]
  • Jacques Desmarets, son of Paul and Marie, who married Marie-Louise Prévost, daughter of Eustache and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th October 1718 [2]
  • Charles Desmarets, son of Paul and Marie, who married Marie Ferret, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec on 15th February 1721 [2]
  • Jean-Baptiste Desmarets, son of René and Marguerite, who married Marie-Françoise Dany, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 16th November 1722 [2]
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  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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