Show ContentsFougere History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Fougere 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 Fougere 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 Fougere family

The surname Fougere 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 Fougere family

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Fougere Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name 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 Fougere family

Notable amongst this name at this time was

  • Anne-Françoise D'Oultremont, Madam of Fougeret, founded a charitable organization for poor children

Fougere Ranking

In France, the name Fougere is the 2,049th most popular surname with an estimated 3,062 people with that name. 1

United States Fougere migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived 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 migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Fougere. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Fougere were

Fougere Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Fougere, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 2
  • E Fougere, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 2

Canada Fougere migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fougere Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Charles Fougère married in 1689 in Ste-Famille-Ile-d'Orléans, Quebec

Contemporary Notables of the name Fougere (post 1700) +

  • Michael Fougere, American-born, Canadian politician, Mayor of Regina, Saskatchewan in 2012
  • Eugénie Fougère (1870-1934), French vaudeville and music hall singer
  • Jean Fougère, French writer
  • The Most Reverend Joseph Vernon Fougère D.D. (1943-2013), Canadian Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlottetown

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. William  Fougere (1868-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 3
  • Miss Annabel  Fougere (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 3

  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook