labreche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Normandy (French: Normandie) is the region of ancient France from which the name labreche was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Normandy.
Early Origins of the labreche family
The surname labreche was first found in Normandy, the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat in ancient times.
The members of the Breguet family in France were well-known watch-makers, industrialists, and inventors. Among the more prominent members was Abraham Louis Breguet (1747-1823), whose inventions in the domain of the fabrication of watches were considerable to the advancement of the watch-making industry.
Abraham Louis Breguet's grandson, Louis Breguet (1804-1883), was among the notables of the 19th century, who created new precision instruments for the telegraph. His grandson, also named Louis (1880-1955), was in turn, a pioneer of modern aeronautics, being one of the first to build airplanes and helicopters in France. The Brèche and Brechard families were registered in Pas-de-Calais in 1820.
The name was first found in Canada with brothers, Pierre and Jean, who were born in 1626 and 1638. 
Early History of the labreche family
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labreche 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 Brechard, Bréchard, Brèche, Breche, Brechais, Brechet, Brecher, Labrechard, Labréchard, Labrèche, Labrechais, Labrechet, Labrecher, Brequard, Bréquard, Brecque, Brèque, Brequais, Brequet, Brequer, Labreque, Labrèque, Labrecque, Labréquais, Labroque, Labrocque, Labroquère, Bregard, Brégard, Breguais, Breguet and many more.
Early Notables of the labreche family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the labreche 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 labreche 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 labreche were Pierre Labrecque, who emigrated to Quebec; Jeanne Chotard Labrecque, who also emigrated to Quebec; Marianne Brecher, who arrived in Texas in 1844; Balthasaar Breche, who arrived in Texas in 1846.
Contemporary Notables of the name labreche (post 1700) +
- Marc Labrèche (b. 1960), French-Canadian actor, comedian and host
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- ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.