Lebrocque History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Normandy (French: Normandie) is the region of ancient France from which the name Lebrocque was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Lebrocque family
The surname Lebrocque 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 Lebrocque family
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Lebrocque 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 Lebrocque, including 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 Lebrocque family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lebrocque family
By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Lebrocque 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 Lebrocque 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.
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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.