Of all the French names to come from Normandy
, Lebais is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Normandy
. Their name, however, indicates that the original bearer lived at or near an abbey. The word occurs in contraction with the article, le, meaning the, and thus appears Labbey.
Early Origins of the Lebais family
The surname Lebais was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family has been traced from ancient times.
Early History of the Lebais family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lebais research.Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1526, 1566, and 1662 are included under the topic Early Lebais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Lebais 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 Lebais, some of which include Labbey, Labey, Labbé, L'Abbey, Labbie, Labie, L'Abbie, Labbee, Labee, L'Abbé, L'Abbée, Labbay, Labay, Labbai, Labai, Labaie, Labbais, Labadie, Labais, de Labbey, de Labey, de Labbay, de Labay, L'Abbaye, de l'Abbaye, Labaye, Labbaye, de Labbai, de Labai, de Labbais, de Labais, de la Bey, de la Bay and many more.
Early Notables of the Lebais family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Louise Labbe, poet; and Philippe Labbe (1607-1667), a French Jesuit writer on historical, geographical and philological questions. Jean de Labadie (1610-1674) was a French... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lebais Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Lebais family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. 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. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Lebais. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lebais were Ephraim LaBay, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860; J. B. Labaye settled in New Orleans in 1822; Pierre Labbe settled in Louisiana in 1752; Joseph Labbe settled in Charles Town, South Carolina, in 1763-64..
The Lebais Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Sine labe
Motto Translation: Without wavering