Lebel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Lebel was first used as a surname by the people of ancient French region of Gascogne. It was a name for a person distinguished by great physical beauty. Interestingly, the name Lebel was originally derived from the French words, "la belle," which means, " the beautiful."

Early Origins of the Lebel family

The surname Lebel 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 they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of De Labels, a village in the Basses-Pyrénées in the arrondisement of de Mauléon.

The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae also lists Le Bel in Normandy in 1189. [1] One of the earliest notables of the family was Jean Le Bel (c. 1290-1370), a Flemish chronicle and soldier. He was one of the first chroniclers to write in French instead of Latin. As a soldier, he joined with Jean, Count de Beaumont on his travels to England and Scotland in 1327.

Guillaume Labelle, son of Jean and Marie (née Loye), was a French farmer that travelled from Saint-Elei, Normandy to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Anne Charbonneau in Montreal on 23rd November 1671. They had eleven children together and five of their sons eventually married and carried on the name Labelle in Canada. [2]

Early History of the Lebel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lebel research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1650, 1573, 1674, 1734, 1703, 1696 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Lebel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lebel Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Lebel include Lebel, LeBel, LaBelle, Belle, Bell, Labelle, Label, LaBell, LaBel, LeBelle, LeBaile, LaBaile, Lebaile and many more.

Early Notables of the Lebel family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Firmin Lebel (d. 1573), French composer and choir director; Alexis-Simon Belle (1674-1734), French painter, member of well known family of painters...
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Lebel World Ranking

In the United States, the name Lebel is the 8,467th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Lebel is ranked the 445th most popular surname with an estimated 10,674 people with that name. [4] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Lebel is the 180th popular surname. [5] France ranks Lebel as 1,247th with 4,508 people. [6]


United States Lebel migration to the United States +

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 Lebel 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 Lebel were

Lebel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Pierre LeBel, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [7]
Lebel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Euse Lebel, aged 10, who landed in America, in 1895
Lebel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Leon Lebel, aged 49, who landed in America from Dreux, France, in 1907
  • Alfred Lebel, aged 35, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Alexandrine Lebel, aged 54, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Julia Lebel, aged 3, who immigrated to America from Marboly Minos, France, in 1909
  • Georg Lebel, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
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Canada Lebel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lebel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Nicolas Lebel who arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1657
  • Nicolas Lebel, son of Clément and Françoise, who married Marie Drouin, daughter of Robert and Marie, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 28th November 1662 [8]
  • Nicolas Lebel, son of Clément and Françoise, who married Thérèse Mignot, daughter of Jean and Louise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 2nd April 1665 [8]
  • Jean Lebel, son of Nicolas and Thérèse, who married Anne Soucy, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 16th August 1689 [8]
Lebel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Lebel, son of Nicolas and Thérèse, who married Marie-Catherine Boutin, daughter of Antoine and Geneviève, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 22nd November 1701 [8]
  • Nicolas Lebel, son of Nicolas and Thérèse, who married Marie-Madeleine Michaud, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 23rd August 1707 [8]
  • Nicolas Lebel, son of Jean and Anne, who married Marie-Françoise Migneau, daughter of Jean and Marie-Xainte, in Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec on 7th January 1716 [8]
  • Pierre Lebel, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1724
  • Joseph Lebel, son of Joseph and Marie-Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Duval, daughter of François and Marie-Anne, in Quebec on 9th January 1730 [8]
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Lebel Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Godfroid Lebel, aged 50, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1911
  • Georgie LeBel, aged 59, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1913

Contemporary Notables of the name Lebel (post 1700) +

  • Hardy LeBel Jr. (b. 1967), American video game designer
  • Toussaint LeBel, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 13th Ward, 1938 [9]
  • Jean-Jacques Lebel (b. 1936), French artist, poet, poetry publisher and political activist
  • Joseph Achille Le Bel (1847-1930), French chemist, best known for his work in stereochemistry
  • Antoine Joseph Claude Le Bel, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [10]
  • Ghislain Lebel (b. 1946), Quebec politician and notary
  • Louis LeBel (b. 1939), Canadian jurist, Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2000-2014)
  • Denis Lebel PC, MP (b. 1954), Canadian politician, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party (2015-), Member of the Canadian Parliament for Lac-Saint-Jean (2015-), Mayor of Roberval (2000-2007)
  • Robert Lebel (1905-1999), Canadian ice hockey administrator and Mayor of Chambly, Quebec
  • Maurice Lebel (1909-2006), Canadian academic, President of the Royal Society of Canada (1963–1964)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Ludger Adelard  Lebel (1898-1917), Canadian Horseman aboard the SS Curaca from Hull, Quebec, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [11]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  6. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Antoine Le Bel. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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