Origins Available: Dutch
The French name Brès originated in the northern coastal region of France known as Normandy
. The name Normandy
was derived from the settlement and conquest of the territory by ("Northmen") better known as Vikings.
Early Origins of the Brès family
The surname Brès was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family first originated, maintaining their status as one of the more distinguished families of the region.
Robert de Brix, companion to Duke Guillaume, was first registered in the region in 1066. The family later received its title of nobility in 1666. The family continued to prosper and was later cited in Fontenay le Comte in the sub-prefecture of Vendée. Nicolas Brisson was recorded in the region in 1431. Other noteworthy family members include a commander of Rivière (in the region of Touraine) in 1404 and Barnabé Brisson, thought to be the most scholarly of men by King Henry III, he was president of parliament in Paris. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
Early History of the Brès family
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Brès 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 Brès include Brisson, Brison, Brès, Bris, Brix, de Brix, Bresset, Bresson, Bressot, Brice, Brisse, Brisset, Brissonot, Brissonneau, Brissonet, Brissonnet, Brissot, Brissaud and many more.
Early Notables of the Brès family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Brès family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Brès were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Brès were
Brès Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Casimir Bres, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Abram Bres, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1893
- Auguston Bres, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
Brès Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Henri Bres, aged 26, who landed in America from Nice, France, in 1909
- Laurette Bres, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
- Marie Bres, aged 22, who landed in America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
- Emili Bres, aged 30, who landed in America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
- Henri Bres, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Gagnieri, France, in 1913
Contemporary Notables of the name Brès (post 1700)
- Brigadier-General Edward Sedley Bres (1888-1967), American Commander Base 1, Base Section (Australia), Services of Supply (1944) CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Edward Bres. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Bres/Edward_Sedley/USA.html
- Madeleine Brès (1842-1921), first female French doctor in medicine
- Malgorzata Bres (1959-1988), Polish fencer at the 1988 Summer Olympics