Courrèges History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Courrèges is an ancient French name from the province of Champagne. It is thought to be derived from a pre-Latin word "caravu," which meant "rocky place."
Early Origins of the Courrèges family
The surname Courrèges was first found in Champagne.
Gilles Corroret was from a family of haberdashers (boutique owners) and became a tour guide, leading foreigners around Paris during the sixteenth century.
Étienne Corriveau, born in 1643, son of François and Marguerite (née Besnard), settled in New France in the 17th century. He married Catherine Bureau, born in 1651, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite (née Verrier), at Sainte-Famille on 28th October 1669. They settled together in Quebec until Étienne's death around 1695. 
Early History of the Courrèges family
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Courrèges Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Courrèges, including Corriveau, Corrivault, Corrivaux, Corroy, Corroyer, Corrier, Corriez, Corrège, Courrèges, Corrigier, Corrèges, Correnson, Corret, Corrette, Corette and many more.
Early Notables of the Courrèges family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family during this period was Thomas-Olivier Corret, who was a Jesuit in 1703 and was employed as a preacher. A Corrette was a composer in Rouen and in 1726 became an organist at Ste-Marie-Madeleine then the following year was the organist for the great priest of France. He published many pieces for the viola or flute, and the violin, masses and motets, and methods for flute and viola, harpsichord, voice, and violin. Ferdinand Corrèges was a sketcher and engraver in 1844. He studied...
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Migration of the Courrèges family
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Courrèges surname were 200 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among these was Marguerite Corriveau, who was married in Quebec in 1650.
Contemporary Notables of the name Courrèges (post 1700) +
- Didier Courrèges (b. 1960), French Olympic gold medalist high-level horse rider and professor of equitation at the National School of Equitation in Saumur, France
- André Courrèges (1923-2016), French fashion designer
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- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print