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The French name Despain first arose during the Medieval period in the peninsula of Brittany. It is derived from when the family having lived in Bretagne.

Despain Early Origins



The surname De Spain was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).

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Despain Spelling Variations


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Despain 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 Despain include Despins, Despinay, Despinoy, Despine, Despineul, Déspineul, Despiney and many more.

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Despain Early History


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Despain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Despain research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1655, 1712, 1720, 1737, 1792, 1795, 1797, 1806, 1807, 1812, 1814, 1818, 1841, and 1860 are included under the topic Early Despain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Despain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Despain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst this name at this time was Jean-Baptiste Despine, who was embassy secretary at the Utrecht Congress in 1712 and secretary of King Victor Amédée II in 1720; Joseph Despine, born in Chatelard in 1737, became a doctor; Hyacinthe-Francois-Joseph Des Pinoy was a count, general, and was a lieutenant during...

Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Despain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the De Spain surname were

Despain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emile De Spain, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1908
  • George DeSpain, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Otto Francis Despain, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name De Spain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Despain (post 1700)



  • Michelle Despain Hoeger (b. 1984), Argentine-born, American luge athlete who competed in the 2006 Winter
  • Dr. Don Gardner Despain (b. 1940), American botanist and plant ecologist who specialized in the flora of Yellowstone National Park
  • Bree Despain (b. 1979), American author of young adult fiction, best know for her works The Dark Divine, The Lost Saint and Savage Grace
  • Dave Despain (b. 1946), American motor sports journalist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    4. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Despain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Despain 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 28 November 2016 at 16:09.

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