The French name Despinoy 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 Despinoy family
The surname Despinoy was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).
Early History of the Despinoy family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Despinoy 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 Despinoy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Despinoy Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Despinoy, including Despins, Despinay, Despinoy, Despine, Despineul, Déspineul, Despiney and many more.
Early Notables of the Despinoy 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 Despinoy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Despinoy family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Despinoy has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Despinoy 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Despinoy (post 1700)
- Hyacinthe François Joseph Despinoy, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 27) Hyacinthe Despinoy. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html