Show ContentsFrappier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Frappier is an ancient French name that was given to a Breton person who was a person who was a string warrior. The name Frappier is derived from the Old French verb "frappiller," which means to "strike furiously." It was generally bestowed upon one given to making loud noises and creating a disturbance.

Early Origins of the Frappier family

The surname Frappier was first found in Britanny (Bretagne).

Early History of the Frappier family

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Frappier Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Frappier some of which are Frapier, Frappier, Frappié, Frappart, Frapillon, Frapilion, Frapard, Frapié, Frappa and many more.

Early Notables of the Frappier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Augustin-Etienne Frappier, son of Augustin, lord of Chassenay, who was born in Donzy (Nièvre) and was ordained priest in 1746. Joseph-Pierre Frapard, born in Charlemont in 1768, was a Baron and colonel. He participated in all of the campaigns of the Revolution in the armies of the North and the Rhine. In 1808 Napoleon named him baron of the Empire. Leon-Marie Frapié was a leather engraver and jewelry manufacturer. His son Leon-Eugene...
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Frappier Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Frappier is the 760th most popular surname. [1] However, in France, the name Frappier is ranked the 5,124th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Frappier migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Frappier has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Frappier were

Frappier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Marie Frappier, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1893

Canada Frappier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Frappier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Madeleine Frappier married in 1706 in Quebec
  • Louis Frappier lived in Raimbault in 1730
  • Antoine Frappier married in St-Sulpice in 1765

Contemporary Notables of the name Frappier (post 1700) +

  • Jo Henri "J.H." Frappier (1931-2019), American politician, Member of the Missouri House of Representatives (1974-1981)
  • Gilles Frappier, Canadian Chief librarian and Secretary-Treasurer to the Board for Ottawa Public Library
  • Roger Frappier (b. 1945), Canadian five-time Genie Award winning and two-time Academy Award nominated producer, director, editor, actor, and screenwriter
  • Armand Frappier CC, GOQ (1904-1991), Canadian physician, microbiologist and expert on tuberculosis from Quebec, posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2012, inspiration for the Canada Post stamp, Armand Frappier: Champion Disease Fighter on January 17, 2000
  • Paul Frappier (1977-2011), better known by his stage name Bad News Brown, Canadian entertainer, musician, and hip hop MC of Haitian origin
  • Jill Frappier, English-born, Canadian voice actress from Romsey, Hampshire, England

  1. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
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