Lemay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The German surname Lemay first emerged in the Rhineland, and means, simply, "May." The name was most likely originally borne by someone who was either born in the month of May or particularly fond of the spring.

Early Origins of the Lemay family

The surname Lemay was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the family became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.

Important Dates for the Lemay family

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Lemay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: May, Mai, Mais, Maye, Mey, de May, du May, Maya and many more.

Early Notables of the Lemay family (pre 1700)

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Lemay migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lemay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas LeMay, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Lemay Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Lemay, aged 23, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1910
  • Jeannette Lemay, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Paris France, in 1911
  • Josephine Lemay, aged 61, who landed in America from Paris France, in 1911
  • Octave Lemay, aged 62, who settled in America from Paris France, in 1911
  • Abondius Lemay, aged 35, who landed in America from St. Nazaire, France, in 1915
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Lemay migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lemay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Michel Lemay, Anjou (Maine et Loire) who married Marie Duteau in Trois-Rivières in 1659
  • Michel Lemay, son of François and Marie, married Marie Dutost, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne, in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec on 15th June 1659 [1]
  • Pierre Lemay, son of Léonard and Marguerite, married Marie L'Homme, daughter of Michel and Marie-Barbe, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th August 1679 [1]
  • Pierre Lemay de Larose, married Marie Man in Montreal in 1679.
  • Michel Lemay, son of Michel and Marie, married Catherine Jobin, daughter of Charles and Madeleine, in Champlain, Quebec on 22nd April 1686 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lemay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Lemay, son of Joseph and Marie-Agnès, married Marie-Madeleine Lecompte, daughter of Samuel and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 8th October 1714 [1]
  • Charles Lemay, son of Joseph and Marie-Angès, married Marie-Élisabeth Paillart, daughter of Léonard and Louise, in Montreal, Quebec on 30th December 1714 [1]
  • Simon Lemay, son of Charles and Louise, married Marie-Anne Richer, daughter of Pierre and Dorothée, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 14th August 1719 [1]
  • Jean-Baptiste Lemay, son of Ignace and Anne, married Angélique Pérusse, daughter of Jean and Jeanne, in Quebec on 19th August 1725 [1]
  • Barthelemi Lemay, son of Joseph and Marie-Agnès, married Marie Aubert, daughter of Julien and Jeanne, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 5th February 1731 [1]
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Lemay Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Lemay, aged 61, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1907
  • Victor Lemay, aged 50, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Florence E. LeMay, aged 1, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Florence M. LeMay, aged 28, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
  • Phyllis M. LeMay, aged 0, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
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Lemay migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lemay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Anne Lemay, aged 35, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lemay (post 1700)

  • Richard Paul "Dick" LeMay (1938-2018), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher who played for the San Francisco Giants (1961-1962) and the Chicago Cubs in 1963
  • Joseph Lemay, American politician, Member of Minnesota territorial House of Representatives 2nd District, 1855
  • John D. Lemay, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island, 1917-18
  • Eugene H. Lemay, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire, 1939; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1940
  • Curtis Lemay, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008
  • Harding Lemay (b. 1922), American screenwriter and playwright, former head writer of the soap opera Another World (1971 to 1979)
  • Alan LeMay (1899-1964), American Writer and movie Director
  • General Curtis Emerson Lemay (1906-1990), General in the American Air Force and the vice presidential running mate of independent candidate George C. Wallace in 1968 [3]
  • Annie Lemay (b. 1977), Canadian silver and bronze medalist curler from Trois-Rivières, Quebec
  • Marc Lemay (b. 1951), Canadian politician from Amos, Quebec
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOSEPH SOMES / SOAMES 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850JosephSomes.htm
  3. ^ Curtis Lemay. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Curtis Lemay. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_LeMay
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