lamarre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name lamarre was originally "De La Mare, from the great fief of La Mare, near St. Opportune, in the comune of Autretot, Normandy; where their castle was built upon piles on the margin of the lake still called Grande-mare." [1]

One source claims the name was derived from the Old French word "marre," meaning "a ram."

Early Origins of the lamarre family

The surname lamarre was first found in Normandy where "Sire de la Mare is one of the Norman nobles enumerated by Wace at the battle of Hastings; and the family became very numerous both in Normandy and England. Sir William de la Mare, and his lands in the valley of La Mare, are mentioned in a charter of St. Louis, dated 1259; and as many as nine Sires de La Mare (almost all of them bearing different arms) are entered on the roll of "Gentilshommes de la Normandie" given in the Nobiliaire." [1]

The ancestor of the English families, Norman de La Mare, lived c. 1030 and Hugo de La Mare occurs in the Breton charter in 1070. This was one of his sons, of whom four went to England at the Conquest. [2]

William de Mare was an undertenant in Wiltshire and Herefordshire according to the Domesday Book of 1086. [3]

Early History of the lamarre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lamarre research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1610, 1629, 1637, 1653, 1660, 1674, 1680, 1712, and 1738 are included under the topic Early lamarre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

lamarre Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name lamarre is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Marre, Marres, Mar, La Marre, La Mare, La Marres, La Mares, La Mar, Maur, Maure, Maures, Maurre, Maurres, More, Mores, Morre, Mars, Maurs, Moure, Mourre, Merre, Mer, Mere and many more.

Early Notables of the lamarre family (pre 1700)

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lamarre World Ranking

In the United States, the name lamarre is the 11,356th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4] However, in Canada, the name lamarre is ranked the 913rd most popular surname with an estimated 5,917 people with that name. [5] And in Quebec, Canada, the name lamarre is the 352nd popular surname. [6] France ranks lamarre as 2,206th with 2,892 people. [7]


United States lamarre migration to the United States +

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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, Acadia 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. 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 lamarre were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name lamarre were

lamarre Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aubraise Lamarre, aged 35, originally from Cork, Ireland, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Southampton, England [8]
  • Georges Lamarre, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Bordeaux, France [9]
  • Georges Lamarre, aged 37, originally from Bordeaux, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Chicago" from Bordeaux, France [10]
  • Helene Lamarre, aged 33, originally from Montgeron, France, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Rochambeau" from Le Havre, France [11]
  • Cecile Lamarre, aged 22, originally from Port An Prince, Haiti, arrived in New York U.S.A. in 1922 aboard the ship "General G. W. Goethals" from Port Au Prince, Haiti [12]

Canada lamarre migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

lamarre Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Lamarre, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Marie Paulet, daughter of Antoine and Suzanne, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 7th February 1684 [13]
  • Henry Lamarre, son of Antoine and Margeurite, who married Catherine De Mosny, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Quebec on 26th June 1690 [13]
lamarre Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • André Lamarre, son of Robert and Marguerite, who married Angélique Chapacou, daughter of Simon-Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 8th June 1700 [13]
  • Michel Lamarre, son of Jean and Louise, who married Madeleine Charon, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Lorette, Quebec in 1703 [13]
  • Jean-Philippe Lamarre, son of Louis and Anne, who married Jeanne Saint-Aubin, daughter of Adrien and Jeanne-Marguerite, in Longueuil, Quebec on 6th November 1712 [13]
  • Joseph Lamarre, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Marie Vérieul, daughter of Nicolas and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Thomas, Quebec on 21st October 1715 [13]
  • Jean-Philippe Lamarre, son of Louis and Anne, who married Marie-Françoise Jolivet, daughter of Aime and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 19th May 1723 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name lamarre (post 1700) +

  • Bernard Lamarre OC GOQ (1931-2016), Canadian engineer and businessman, the last CEO of Lavalin, Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada, brother of Jacques Lamarre
  • Kim Lamarre (b. 1988), Canadian two-time bronze medalist freestyle skier
  • Yvon Lamarre, Canadian former politician and a City Councillor in Montreal, Quebec, Chairman of the Executive Committee (1978-1986)
  • Whynter Lamarre (b. 1979), Canadian silver and two-time bronze medalist water polo goaltender
  • Lucie Lamarre, Canadian jurist, Associate Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada (1993-)
  • Jacques Lamarre, Canadian businessman and civil engineer, former CEO of SNC-Lavalin
  • Daniel Lamarre (b. 1953), Canadian former journalist, President and CEO for Cirque du Soleil


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  6. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  7. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXPK-Z65 : 6 December 2014), Aubraise Lamarre, 30 Jul 1908; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Q8-S2S : 6 December 2014), Georges Lamarre, 24 Jan 1919; citing departure port Bordeaux, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64X-HZX : 6 December 2014), Georges Lamarre, 08 Mar 1919; citing departure port Bordeaux, arrival port New York, ship name Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6C3-X4D : 6 December 2014), Helene Lamarre, 17 Sep 1920; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name Rochambeau, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  12. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNLF-2PX : 6 December 2014), Cecile Lamarre, 07 Jun 1922; citing departure port Port Au Prince, Haiti, arrival port New York U.S.A., ship name General G. W. Goethals, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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