L'aigle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Of all the French names to come from Normandy, L'aigle is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at the castle of L'Aigle, on the River Risle.
Early Origins of the L'aigle family
The surname L'aigle was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat. Engenoulf de L'Aigle was the son of Fulbert de Beine, founder of the castle of l'Aigle on the River Risle in the arrondisement of Mortagne in Orne. Engenoulf had three sons - Roger who was slain in 1060, Richard who joined Duke William in his conquest of England and was granted the lands on which the Battle of Hastings took place, and Gilbert who was given the castle of Exmes by Duke Robert of Normandy who made him Viscount of that county. He was buried at Saint Sulpice after being mortally wounded in battle.
Jean Daigle, born in 1649, son of Georges and Marie Daigle (neé Chauvin), married Marie-Anne Croteau in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 5th November 1685 and he died in 1700. 
Early History of the L'aigle family
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L'aigle 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, L'aigle some of which are Daigle, Laigle, D'Aigle, L'Aigle, DeAigle and many more.
Early Notables of the L'aigle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the L'aigle family
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 L'aigle 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 L'aigle were Charles and Marie Daigle who settled with Simon in Maryland in 1763; Christopher Daigle settled in Virginia in 1652.
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