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The French name Langelier has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. This history is intrinsically entwined with the region known as Brittany, for it was derived from when the Langelier family lived in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Langelier family

The surname Langelier was first found in Brittany.

Early History of the Langelier family

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Langelier Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Langelier, including Langelier, Langellier, Langeolier, Langeleir and others.

Early Notables of the Langelier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst this name at this time was Nicolas Langelier, recorded at his death in Dinan in 1595, who was a prelate. Brought up on the seat of Saint-Brieuc, in 1565 he preached sermons to the king. He was involved with the government, but his administration was full of troubles. Having been loyal to the League, Langelier became one of the most active councilors of the duke of Mercoeur. Opposing him, however...
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Langelier Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Langelier is the 936th most popular surname. [1]

Canada Langelier migration to Canada +

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Langelier has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Langelier were

Langelier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Sébastien Langelier, son of Michel and Catherine, who married Marie De Beauregard, daughter of Olivier and Philippe, in Quebec on 12th November 1665 [2]
  • Charles Langelier married in Château-Richer, Quebec in 1692
  • Charles Langelier, son of Sébastien and Marie, who married Françoise Destroismaisons, daughter of Philippe and Martine, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 2nd June 1692 [2]
Langelier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Marie-Geneviève Langelier married in Beauceville, Quebec in 1703
  • Louis Langelier married in Islet, Quebec in 1724
  • Louis Langelier, son of Charles and Françoise, who married Geneviève Fortin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Gertrude, in Islet, Quebec on 13th November 1724 [2]
  • Madeleine Langelier married in Quebec in 1735
  • Louis Langelier, son of Louis and Geneviève, who married Madeleine Boissel, daughter of Pierre and Louise, in Islet, Quebec on 14th November 1746 [2]
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Langelier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Sebastien Langelier, who married in Quebec (Haute-Ville) in 1861

Contemporary Notables of the name Langelier (post 1700) +

  • Louis F. Langelier, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 14th District, 1918 [3]
  • Albert D. Langelier, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Androscoggin County, 1919-20 [3]
  • David Langelier (1883-1922), Canadian politician, Mayor of Eastview, Ontario in 1931 and 1932
  • Charles Langelier (1850-1920), Canadian lawyer, politician, judge, journalist, and author, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Lévis (1898-1901)
  • Sir François Langelier (1838-1915), Canadian lawyer, professor, journalist, politician and author, the 10th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (1911-1915)
  • Jean-Guy Langelier, Canadian Senior Vice-President, Finance and Administration, at the Caisse Centrale Desjardins in Montreal as of 1992

  1. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  2. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from on Facebook