Courte'manche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble surname Courte'manche originated in the region of Maine, in France. Courte'manche is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. Topographic names were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between individuals and their homelands, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, people who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original villages, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Courte'manche family

The surname Courte'manche was first found in Maine.

Early History of the Courte'manche family

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Courte'manche Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Courtemanche, Courdemanche, Courdemanges, Courte-Manche, Court-de-Manches, Courtemanchie and many more.

Early Notables of the Courte'manche family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Augustin Le Gardeur de Courtemanche, who was a captain in the military. Born in 1663 in Quebec, he was brought up at the Quebec seminary and in 1678 left to enter the military, was honored in 1690, made lieutenant in 1691, and promoted again the following year. From 1698 to 1702 he was captain of the marine troupes and from 1693 to 1703, associated...
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Canada Courte'manche migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Courte'manche Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Anthoine Courtemanche, who arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Mr. Antoine Courtemanche, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jérôme Le Royer, arriving on 8th June 1659 [1]
  • Antoine Courtemanche, who married in 1663 in Montreal
  • Anne Courtemanche married in 1686 in Pte-aux-Trembles, Quebec
  • Antoine Courtemanche, son of Antoine and Élisabeth, who married Marguerite Vaudry, daughter of Jacques and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 8th November 1688 [2]
Courte'manche Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Courtemanche, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Migeon, daughter of Daniel and Marie, in Rivières-des-Prairies, Quebec on 21st January 1725 [2]
  • Pierre Courtemanche lived in Longue-Pointe in 1733
  • Pierre Courtemanche, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Fissiau, daughter of Jacques and Anne, in Longue-Pointe, Quebec on 9th November 1733 [2]
  • Antoine Courtemanche, son of Antoine and Marguerite, who married Catherine Lacoste, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Madeleine, in Chambly, Quebec on 16th August 1752 [2]
  • Jacques Courtemanche, son of Jacques and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Amable Godu, daughter of René and Marie-Françoise, in Varennes, Quebec on 5th March 1753 [2]
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Courte'manche Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Narcisse Courtemanche was a trader in Côte-Visitation, Quebec in 1891

Contemporary Notables of the name Courte'manche (post 1700) +

  • Joseph-Israel Courtemanche, French author of "Bibliographie Généalogique de la famille Courtemanche 1663-1893" ("Genealogical Bibliography of the Courtemanche family")
  • Michel Courtemanche (b. 1964), Québécois comedian and actor
  • David Courtemanche (b. 1964), Canadian politician, Mayor of Greater Sudbury (2003-2006)
  • Gil Courtemanche (1943-2011), Canadian journalist for the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir who specialized in third-world and international politics
  • Henri Courtemanche PC (1916-1986), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Labelle (1949-1953)


  1. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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