The French name Béguine is of Medieval origin. It was a Norman name for a person whose speech is affected by a stutter. The word begin was Old French slang for a person who stuttered. as such, the name is commonly called a nick-name.
Early Origins of the Béguine family
The surname Béguine was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family first established itself as an important participant in the cultural and political events of the region.
Early History of the Béguine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Béguine research.Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1620, 1638, 1710, 1808, 1812, 1848, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Béguine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Béguine Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Béguine include Begin, Bégin, Begine, Bégine, Beguin, Béguin, Beguine, Béguine, Beguinet, Béguinet, Beguinot, Béguinot, Beghin, Béghin, Begouin, Bégouin, Begon, Bégon, Begouen, Bégouen, Begougne, Bégougne and many more.
Early Notables of the Béguine family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Nicolas Lebègue (Le Bègue) (ca. 1631-1702), a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist; François-Barthélémy Beguinot, a Count of the Empire, who became a senator and received his title of nobility in 1808; Michel Bégon, known as Michel V Bégon... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Béguine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Béguine family to the New World and Oceana
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 Béguine 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 Béguine were Louis Bégin of Saint-Léonard de Honfleur, who came to New France in circa 1654 with his father Jacques (Louis Bégin married Jeanne Durand at Qué.
Contemporary Notables of the name Béguine (post 1700)
- Léonard Michel Béguine (1855-1929), French sculptor who received a Medal of Honor in 1926 for his statue "Victoire 1918"