The surname labelle was first used as a surname by the people of ancient French region of Gascogne
. It was a name for a person distinguished by great physical beauty. Interestingly, the name labelle was originally derived from the Old French words la belle, which means beautiful.
Early Origins of the labelle family
The surname labelle was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain
, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where they held a family seat
in the honor of the seigneurie of De Labels, a village in the Basses-Pyrénées in the arrondisement of de Mauléon.
The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae also lists Le Bel in Normandy in 1189. CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X) One of the earliest notables of the family was Jean Le Bel (c. 1290-1370), a Flemish chronicle and soldier. He was one of the first chroniclers to write in French instead of Latin. As a soldier, he joined with Jean, Count de Beaumont on his travels to England and Scotland in 1327.
Early History of the labelle family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our labelle research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1573, 1674, 1734, 1703, 1696 and 1768 are included under the topic Early labelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
labelle Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name labelle, including Lebel, LeBel, LaBelle, Belle, Bell, Labelle, Label, LaBell, LaBel, LeBelle, LeBaile, LaBaile, Lebaile and many more.
Early Notables of the labelle family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Firmin Lebel (d. 1573), French composer and choir director; Alexis-Simon Belle (1674-1734), French painter, member of well known family of painters... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early labelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the labelle family to the New World and Oceana
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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name labelle were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name labelle were
labelle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Labelle, who arrived in New York State in 1775
labelle Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Guillaume LaBelle, who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1671
- Guillaume Labelle, who landed in Montreal in 1671
Contemporary Notables of the name labelle (post 1700)
- Leah LaBelle (1986-2018), born Leah LaBelle Vladowski, Canadian-born American R&B singer from Toronto, Ontario
- Douglas Norman LaBelle II (b. 1975), American professional PGA golfer from Mount Pleasant, Michigan
- Rob LaBelle, American Gemini and Leo Award nominated film and television actor from Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Patti LaBelle (b. 1944), born Patricia Louise Holte, American Grammy Award winning R&B/soul legend
- Pierre Labelle (1808-1864), Canadian farmer, construction contractor and politician in Canada East who represented Laval in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada (1854 to 1861)
- Olivier Labelle (b. 1985), Canadian professional ice hockey player
- Huguette Labelle CC OOnt (b. 1939), retired Canadian civil servant, former Chancellor of the University of Ottawa (1994 to 2012)
- Marc LaBelle (b. 1969), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey winger
- Private First Class James Dennis La Belle, American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
- François Xavier-Antoine Labelle (1833-1891), Canadian (Quebec) Roman Catholic priest, promoter of colonization, author, and civil servant, known as as "Curé Labelle" and the "King of the North"
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