Similar to many French family names, the distinguished surname Saint'cyr is a proud sign of a rich and ancient ancestry. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames
in France were the patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. These personal names were based on the language of the Visigoths
, a Germanic tribe that controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The surname Saint'cyr is derived from the popular Old French given name Siefert, meaning victory.
Early Origins of the Saint'cyr family
The surname Saint'cyr was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where this family was established in ancient times.
Early History of the Saint'cyr family
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Saint'cyr Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Cyr, Saint-Cyr, St. Cyr, Cyre, Saint-Cyre, Cirgue, Saint-Cirgue, Cirgues and many more.
Early Notables of the Saint'cyr family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Saint'cyr family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexandre Cyr, who arrived in South Carolina in 1775; with his wife and his ten children; Joseph Cyr, who, at the age of 26; settled in St. Pierre in 1767.
Contemporary Notables of the name Saint'cyr (post 1700)
- Hugo Saint-Cyr (1978-2015), Canadian Gemini Award winning actor and presenter