The French name Despins first arose during the Medieval period in the peninsula of
. It is derived from when the family having lived in Bretagne.
The surname Despins was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Despins research.Another 33 words (2 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 Despins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Despins is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Despins, Despinay, Despinoy, Despine, Despineul, Déspineul, Despiney and many more.
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 Despins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.