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laberge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name laberge was first used by a family in the southwestern French region called Gascogne. It was a name for someone who lived near a rocky hill, deriving its origin from the Old French word berge, meaning rocky hill or mountain, and indicates that the original bearer of the name lived near such a landform.

Early Origins of the laberge family


The surname laberge 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 the family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the laberge family


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laberge Spelling Variations


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name laberge, some of which include Laberge, La Berge, de Berge, de la Berge, Desberges, de Berghes and many more.

Early Notables of the laberge family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the laberge family to the New World and Oceana


France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 laberge 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 laberge were

laberge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert de La Berge (1638-1712), who, who settled in New France in 1658, believed to be the first of the name to arrive there

laberge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Henri Laberge, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Lourdes, France, in 1913
  • Narcisse Laberge, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Lourdes, France, in 1913
  • Alexina Laberge, aged 20, who settled in America from Murinais, France, in 1920
  • Norman LaBerge, aged 37, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1924

laberge Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Laberge was very well-known throughout Canada in 1864

laberge Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Blanche Laberge, aged 36, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Francis Laberge, aged 41, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Joseph Laberge, aged 42, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1914
  • Wilfried Laberge, aged 36, who settled in Quebec, in 1914
  • Francois Laberge, aged 44, who settled in Outremont, Canada, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name laberge (post 1700)


  • Captain Joseph LaBerge (LaBarge) (1815-1899), American river boat captain who taught Mark Twain about the Mississippi River
  • Walter Barber LaBerge (1924-2004), American aerospace engineer and Under Secretary of the Army 1977 to 1980
  • Stephen LaBerge (b. 1947), American psychophysiologist
  • Mia LaBerge (b. 1967), American artist who painted the first Steinway Art Case Piano created to honor a university
  • David Laberge (b. 1929), American neuropsychologist
  • Michel LaBerge (1836-1909), the first French-Canadian to explore the Yukon in 1866
  • Jean Baptiste LaBerge (1804-1883), French Canadian Leader of the Lower Canada Rebellion in 1838 in Beauharnois, Quebec
  • Édouard Laberge (1829-1883), French Canadian physician and politician in Lower Canada
  • Joseph Léo Louis Laberge OQ (1924-2002), French Canadian labour union leader

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