Beau'chesne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Beau'chesne 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 Beau'chesne family

The surname Beau'chesne was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).

Important Dates for the Beau'chesne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beau'chesne research. Another 230 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1280, 1371, 1381, 1420, 1429, 1430, 1442, 1453, 1478, 1483, 1513, 1533, 1709, 1721, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Beau'chesne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Beau'chesne Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Beau'chesne, including Beauchesne, Beau-Chesne, De Beauchesne and others.

Early Notables of the Beau'chesne family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Claude-Nicolas, who was Captain of the Dragons in 1709, and knight of Saint-Louis in 1721. René Adelstan Guesdon, Marquis of Beauchesne, was an archaeologist in Paris in 1858...
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Migration of the Beau'chesne family

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Beau'chesne 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 Beau'chesne were an explorer, who arrived at Racine, Quebec, in 1715.

Contemporary Notables of the name Beau'chesne (post 1700)

  • George E. Beauchesne, American politician, Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 1934 [1]
  • Arthur R. Beauchesne, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Newmarket, 1956 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from
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