Brittany is the soil from which the many generations of the Châtelaines family have grown. The name Châtelaines was given to a member of the family who was a governor or steward of a castle having derived from the Old French word "castelain," which referred to some of that profession.
Early Origins of the Châtelaines family
Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.
Early History of the Châtelaines family
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Early Notables of the Châtelaines family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Châtelaines family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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 Châtelaines 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 Châtelaines were P.H. Chatelain settled in New Orleans in 1822; Antoine Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1750 from Champagne; Francois Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1722 from Ile-de-France..
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