Fabre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The surname Fabre is derived from the Old French word "fevre," which meant "a blacksmith," therefore it was originally an occupational name for a smith or a metal worker. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, those derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, were the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Fabre family
The surname Fabre was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this noble family held a family seat since ancient times.
Throughout the centuries, families of this surname or one of its spelling variations could be found in many regions of France, including Vaud, Genève, Bresse, Lyonnais, Savoie, Dauphiné, Guillaume, and Echallens. Pierre of the Favre family of Lyon was a Consul in Lyon in 1382 and of his descendants, five were Magistrates of Lyon during the 16th century.
In Savoie, Gaspard was the secretary to the Duke in 1470 and one of the Senators of Savoie, as well as the President of the Senate. Guillaume, of Echallens from the county of Vaud, became a burgess, or businessman, in 1508 and his son, François, was one of the founders of the "Independence of Geneva" in 1534. Distinctive among his descendants were State Consuls of Geneva, Officers of State, General Treasurers, and the Lords of Dardagny, Russin, Malval, Confignon, and Châteauvieux, amongst others.
Pierre Lefebvre, born in 1642, son of Olivier and Michelle (née Renou), settled in Quebec in the 17th century. He married Marie-Madeleine Trudel, daughter of Jean and Marguerite (née Thomas), in 1674. The remained together until Pierre passed away at Charlesbourg on 21st November 1727. Pierre's brother, Robert Lefebvre, born in 1633, married Denise Gautier in Quebec on 7th February 1667. They remained together until Denise's death on 7th February 1695. Robert passed away on 3rd February 1703. 
Important Dates for the Fabre family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fabre research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1585, 1650, 1574, 1525, 1600, 1552, 1569, 1700, 1626, 1652, 1706, 1615, 1672, 1667 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Fabre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fabre Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Lefebvre, Lefebvres, Lefevres, Favre, Favres, Fevre, Febvre, Febvres, Favers, Lefabre, Lefabvres, Fabvres, Lefever and many more.
Early Notables of the Fabre family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family name at this time was Antoine Favre (d. 1626), Professor at the University of Valence; Jean Le Fèvre (1652-1706), a French astronomer and physicist; Tanneguy Lefebvre (1615-1672), French classical scholar...
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Fabre migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Fabre Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Fabre Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Jean Fabre, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755 
Fabre Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jorge Fabre, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 
- Jorge Fabre who settled in Puerto Rico in 1816
- Francisco Fabre who settled in Puerto Rico in 1860
- Francisco Fabre, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1860 
Fabre migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Fabre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Madeleine Fabre, aged 23, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
Contemporary Notables of the name Fabre (post 1700)
- John La Fabre, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1892 
- Étienne Fabre (1996-2016), French cyclist; he died at the age of 20 from a hiking accident
- Jean Fabre de La Martillière, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Joseph Vincent Dominique Fabre, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Gabriel Jean Fabre, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
- Dominique Fabre (b. 1929), French novelist
- Lucien Fabre (1889-1952), French writer and engineer
- Clément Fabre (b. 1989), French professional football player
- Robert Fabre (1915-2006), French politician and pharmacist
- Georges Fabre (1844-1844), French forestry engineer
- ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Jean Fabre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Joseph Fabre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
- ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 4) Gabriel Fabre. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html