The French name Despiney first arose during the Medieval period in the peninsula of Brittany
. It is derived from when the family having lived in Bretagne.
Early Origins of the Despiney family
The surname Despiney was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).
Early History of the Despiney family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Despiney 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 Despiney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Despiney Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations
of the name Despiney, some of which include Despins, Despinay, Despinoy, Despine, Despineul, Déspineul, Despiney and many more.
Early Notables of the Despiney family (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 Despiney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Despiney family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Despiney were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Despiney were 30 individuals who arrived from France to Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among these, Francoise Despins married in 1750 in St-Francois-du-Lac, Quebec.