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Where did the French Letellier family come from? What is the French Letellier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Letellier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Letellier family history?

Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Letellier is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Normandy.


French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Letellier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Tellier, Telier, Telliere, Teliere, Le Tellier, Le Teliere, Le Telliere, Le Telier, Letellier, Letelier, Letelliere and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at St. Victor and Hauterocque as members of the aristocracy of that region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Letellier research. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1844, 1845, 1603, 1685, 1677, 1641, 1691, 1695, 1771, 1614, 1702, 1603, 1685, 1642, 1710, 1675, 1718, 1641 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Letellier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 231 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Letellier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Letellier 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 Letellier were

Letellier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Letellier, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
  • Gaston Letellier, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Marie Letellier, aged 27, who landed in America from Paris, in 1898
  • Blanche Letellier, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1898

Letellier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • A. Letellier, aged 42, who settled in America from Montreal, in 1905
  • Emanuel Letellier, aged 26, who landed in America from Paris, in 1907
  • Louise Letellier, aged 11, who emigrated to the United States from Reims, France, in 1907
  • Arthur Letellier, aged 54, who emigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1916
  • Blanche Letellier, aged 36, who landed in America from Dijon, France, in 1917

Letellier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Etienne Letellier (1661) arrived in Quebec from Normandy

Letellier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Antoine Letellier arrived in Quebec in 1726 from Ile-de-France
  • Francois Letellier, who landed in Canada in 1740
  • Nicolas Letellier arrived in Quebec from Normandy in 1758


  • George Letellier (b. 1957), American jazz pianist and composer
  • Hervé Le Tellier (b. 1957), French writer and linguist
  • Captain Jean-Marie Letellier (1767-1830), French Navy officer
  • François Letellier (b. 1968), French proponent of free /open source software
  • Blaise-Ferdinand Letellier (1862-1930), Canadian lawyer, politician, and judge
  • Joseph-Étienne Letellier (1880-1939), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons


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  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Letellier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Letellier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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