Normandy is the region of ancient France from which the name Leniel was derived. It comes from when the family lived in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Leniel family
Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Leniel family
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Leniel Spelling Variations
local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Leniel is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Laniel, Lagnel, Lagnez, Lagneau, Lagniet, Lanielle, Agnel and many more.
Early Notables of the Leniel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Leniel family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Leniel has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leniel were 80 individuals who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among them, Julien Laniel married in Batiscan in 1689; Nicolas Laniel married in Sorel in 1719.
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