Fugère History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Fugère family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany. It is derived from the family living in Brittany. The name Fugère is also derived from the Old French word "fougere," meaning "fern," and indicates that the original bearer lived in an area heavily grown with ferns.

Early Origins of the Fugère family

The surname Fugère was first found in Britanny (Bretagne). One of the first records of the family was Jeanne de Fougères (died after 1273.) Also known as Lady of Fougères, she was the wife of Hugh XII of Lusignan, Count of La Marche and Count of Angoulême. She was born in Brittany, the only daughter and surviving child of Raoul III, seigneur of Fougères and Isabelle de Craon (born 1212.)

Important Dates for the Fugère family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fugère research. Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1178, 1560, 1721, 1730, 1742, 1773, 1781, 1787, 1792, 1797, 1807, 1811, 1818, 1821, 1856, 1863, 1869, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Fugère History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fugère 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 Fugère is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Fugere, Fugère, Fougere, Fougière, Fougères, Fougeray, Fougerolle, Fougerolles, Fougeyrolles, Fougerat, Fougeret, Fougeron, Fougeroux, Feugère, Feugière, Faugère, Faugière, Fauguiere, Feuchière, Fouchère, Feuquières, Feuquerolles, Fouquière, Fougery and many more.

Early Notables of the Fugère family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was François de Fougerolles, a physician around 1560; Alexandre-Conrad Fugère was director of the "Journal of the Wise" in 1721; Louis Fougères was a physician in Limoges around 1730; Pierre-Philibert, born in Paris in 1742, was a deputy of the States General; Anne-Françoise D'Oultremont, Madam of Fougeret, founded a charitable organization for poor children; Jacques-Philippe Fougerolle was an engineer; Marie-Rose-François-Felix marquis of Fougères was lieutenant colonel in 1773 and was a page to the king when the Revolution broke out; Armand-Charles-Alexandre Duhamel de Fougeroux was a politician in 1781; Jean-Baptiste-Armand Fougeron received his doctor...
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Fugère migration to Canada

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Fugère 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 Fugère were

Fugère Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Marie Fugère married in 1751 in Quebec

Contemporary Notables of the name Fugère (post 1700)

  • John Fugere (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Nicole Marie Fugere (b. 1986), American actress and model
  • Lucien Fugère (1848-1935), French baritone
  • Marcel Fugere (b. 1952), Canadian professional hockey player

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