Despins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Despins 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 Despins family

The surname Despins was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).

Early History of the Despins family

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.

Despins Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Despins 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 the Revolution; Emmanuel Des Pinoy was, in 1795, aide-de-camp and captain, and, in 1841, lieutenant-colonel; Felix Despiney was a doctor around 1797; Charles-Marie-Joseph Despine, born in 1792, became director of the Mining School in Moutiers; Jacob-Marc Despine was a politician and religious individual and became...
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Canada Despins migration to Canada +

By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Despins has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Despins were

Despins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Francoise Despins married in 1750 in St-Francois-du-Lac, Quebec
  • Jacques-Joseph Despins married in 1755 in Quebec
  • Jean-Baptiste Despins married in 1772 in Montreal

Contemporary Notables of the name Despins (post 1700) +

  • Fernand Despins, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Lewiston, Maine, 1939-40; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1940, 1944 (member, Committee to Notify Vice-Presidential Nominee) [1]
  • Kim Despins, American author of horror stories
  • Barb Despins, Canadian curling skip from Saskatoon, skip of the winning 1979 Macdonald Lassies Championship
  • Glen Despins, Canadian curling skip from Saskatoon, skip of the winning 1999 Saskatoon Curling Classic Championship
  • Claude Despins, Canadian television actor
  • Elaine Despins, Canadian television animator and storyboard artist


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Fernand Despins. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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