Saint-george History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In the Middle Ages, French families took on surnames with increasing frequency. Saint-george appeared at that time in the province of Limousin. It was derived from the ancient personal name George, which was borne by the popular Saint. It is ultimately Greek in origin and translates as tiller of the soil or farmer.
Early Origins of the Saint-george family
The surname Saint-george was first found in Limousin, where the family has been traced to the early ages.
Early History of the Saint-george family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saint-george research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1356, 1763, 1784, 1403, 1688, 1724, 1700, 1704, 1763, 1652, 1688, 1724, 1581, 1644, 1610 and 1635 are included under the topic Early Saint-george History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Saint-george Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Saint-george is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Saint-Georges, Saint-George, de Saint-George, du Saint-George and many more.
Early Notables of the Saint-george family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family was the Governors of the Provinces; two Knights of the Orders in 1688 and 1724; Ambassador to Denmark, Holland and Switzerland.
Sir Henry Saint-George (1581-1644), was English Garter king-of-arms, eldest son of Sir Richard Saint-George, created Rouge Rose pursuivant-extraordinary in May 1610.
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Migration of the Saint-george family
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Saint-george were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Saint-george were Charles Saint-George settled in Philadelphia in 1836.
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