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
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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Migration of the Filion family to the New World and Oceana
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
Filion Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Antoine Filion, a carpenter, married Marie Latouche in Boucherville, Quebec in 1701
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