The history of the Fougeray family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany
. It is derived from the family living in Brittany. The name Fougeray is also derived from the Old French word "fougere," meaning "fern," and indicates that the original bearer lived in an area heavily grown with ferns.
Early Origins of the Fougeray family
The surname Fougeray was first found in Britanny (Bretagne). One of the first records of the family was Jeanne de Fougères (died after 1273.) Also known as Lady of Fougères, she was the wife of Hugh XII of Lusignan, Count of La Marche and Count of Angoulême. She was born in Brittany
, the only daughter and surviving child of Raoul III, seigneur of Fougères and Isabelle de Craon (born 1212.)
Early History of the Fougeray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fougeray research.Another 23 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1178, 1560, 1721, 1730, 1742, 1773, 1781, 1787, 1792, 1797, 1807, 1811, 1818, 1821, 1856, 1863, 1869, and 1882 are included under the topic Early Fougeray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fougeray Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Fougeray include Fugere, Fugère, Fougere, Fougière, Fougères, Fougeray, Fougerolle, Fougerolles, Fougeyrolles, Fougerat, Fougeret, Fougeron, Fougeroux, Feugère, Feugière, Faugère, Faugière, Fauguiere, Feuchière, Fouchère, Feuquières, Feuquerolles, Fouquière, Fougery and many more.
Early Notables of the Fougeray family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst this name at this time was François de Fougerolles, a physician around 1560; Alexandre-Conrad Fugère was director of the "Journal of the Wise" in 1721; Louis Fougères was a physician in Limoges around 1730; Pierre-Philibert, born in Paris in 1742, was a deputy of the States General; Anne-Françoise D'Oultremont... Another 162 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fougeray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Fougeray family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Fougeray has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fougeray were 60 individuals who arrived from French to Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them was a lord of Fougerat, who lived in Ontario in 1605; Charles Fougè.
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