The history of the Fougière family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany
. It is derived from the family living in Brittany. The name Fougière is also derived from the Old French word "fougere," meaning "fern," and indicates that the original bearer lived in an area heavily grown with ferns.
Early Origins of the Fougière family
The surname Fougière was first found in Britanny (Bretagne). One of the first records of the family was Jeanne de Fougères (died after 1273.) Also known as Lady of Fougères, she was the wife of Hugh XII of Lusignan, Count of La Marche and Count of Angoulême. She was born in Brittany
, the only daughter and surviving child of Raoul III, seigneur of Fougères and Isabelle de Craon (born 1212.)
Early History of the Fougière family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fougière research.Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1178, 1560, 1721, 1730, 1742, 1773, 1781, 1787, 1792, 1797, 1807, 1811, 1818, 1821, 1856, 1863, 1869, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Fougière History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fougière Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Fougière is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Fugere, Fugère, Fougere, Fougière, Fougères, Fougeray, Fougerolle, Fougerolles, Fougeyrolles, Fougerat, Fougeret, Fougeron, Fougeroux, Feugère, Feugière, Faugère, Faugière, Fauguiere, Feuchière, Fouchère, Feuquières, Feuquerolles, Fouquière, Fougery and many more.
Early Notables of the Fougière family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was François de Fougerolles, a physician around 1560; Alexandre-Conrad Fugère was director of the "Journal of the Wise" in 1721; Louis Fougères was a physician in Limoges around 1730; Pierre-Philibert, born in Paris in 1742, was a deputy of the States General; Anne-Françoise D'Oultremont... Another 162 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fougière Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fougière family to the New World and Oceana
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Fougière 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 Fougière were 60 individuals who arrived from French to Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them was a lord of Fougerat, who lived in Ontario in 1605; Charles Fougè.