Show ContentsFilion History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Filion family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Filion surname derives from the Old French word "fils," which meant "son;" and as such was a nickname for the youngest son in a family.

Early Origins of the Filion family

The surname Filion was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family held a family seat since early times.

Early History of the Filion family

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Filion Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Fillon, Filon, Fillion, Filion, Filhon, Fillou, Filou, Filloux, Filoux, Fillioud, Filioud, Fillieul, Filieul, Filliol, Filiol, Filliat and many more.

Early Notables of the Filion family (pre 1700)

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Filion Ranking

In Canada, the name Filion is the 737th most popular surname with an estimated 7,283 people with that name. [1]

Canada Filion migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Filion Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Michel Filion married Marguerite Aubert in Quebec in 1661
  • Michel Filion, son of André and Gabrielle, who married Marguerite Aubert, daughter of François and Anne, in Quebec on 26th September 1661 [2]
  • Jean Filion, son of Antoine and Anne, who married Françoise Senat, daughter of René and Françoise, in Quebec on 6th June 1695 [2]
Filion Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Filion, a carpenter, married Marie Latouche in Boucherville, Quebec in 1701
  • Antoine Filion, son of Michel and Louise, who married Marie Latouche, daughter of Roger and Marie, in Boucherville, Quebec on 5th December 1701 [2]
  • Joseph Filion, son of Pierre and Suzanne, who married Suzanne Lecourt, daughter of Michel and Louise, in Quebec on 3rd May 1719 [2]
  • Jean Filion, son of Jean and Françoise, who married Marie-Anne Bolduc, daughter of Jacques and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Joachim, Quebec on 21st November 1729 [2]
  • Paul Filion, son of Jean and Françoise, who married Marie-Josephte Tremblay, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 12th November 1731 [2]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Filion (post 1700) +

  • Hervé Filion OC (1940-2017), Canadian harness racer who had 15,180 career wins, inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame
  • Gérard Filion CC GOQ MSRC (1909-2005), Canadian businessman and journalist
  • Maurice Filion (b. 1932), Canadian former ice hockey coach, General Manager of the Quebec Nordiques (1974-1988) and Head coach of the Quebec Nordiques (1972-1973), eponym of the Maurice Filion Trophy
  • Roseline Filion (b. 1987), Canadian two-time silver and three-time bronze medalist diver

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  2. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook