Forniait History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Forniait has a long French heritage that first began in southern region of Languedoc. The name is derived from when the family lived in Languedoc.
Early Origins of the Forniait family
The surname Forniait was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.
Important Dates for the Forniait family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forniait research. Another 470 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1271, 1317, 1342, 1452, 1533, 1624, 1578, 1650, 1652, 1709, 1820, 1830, 1575, 1630 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Forniait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forniait 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 Forniait is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Fornier, Forniest, Forniez, Forniée, Fournier, Fournié, de Fournier, Fourney, de Fornier, Forner and many more.
Early Notables of the Forniait family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Forniait family
French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Forniait surname were Martin Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1748; William Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1852; Lewis Forner settled in Philadelphia in 1866; Honoré.
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