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

The name Levesque belongs to the early history of France, in that much fought over region of Normandy. It is a product of the family's residency in Normandy.

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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Levesque some of which are Levesque, Lévesque, Levecke, Levek, Leveque, Lévèque, Lavesque, Levèque, Levesques, Levecque, Levecques, Lavecque, Levècque, Lévèque, Levéque and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Levesque research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1807, 1809, and 1815 are included under the topic Early Levesque History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Levesque Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Levesque 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 Levesque were

Levesque Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Marie Levesque settled in Virginia in 1700

Levesque Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Paul Levesque, aged 14, settled in New Orleans in 1820
  • Alexandre Levesque, aged 17, settled in New Orleans in 1820

Levesque Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Levesque, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Joseph Levesque, aged 32, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Louise Levesque, aged 29, who landed in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1919
  • Odette Levesque, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Jane Levesque, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1920


Levesque Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Antoine Levesque, aged 18, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1915
  • Alphonse Levesque, aged 45, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1920

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  • Pascal Levesque, American Manufacturing Company Executive, Burlington, Massachusetts
  • Roger Levesque (b. 1981), American retired soccer player
  • Marylise Lévesque (b. 1983), Canadian bronze medalist judoka at the 2007 Pan American Games
  • Georges-Henri Lévesque, French Roman Catholic Clergyman, Educator and Administrator, President Emeritus and Adviser, L'Université Nationale du Rwanda in Africa
  • Louis Marie Levesque de Laferrière, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Louis Maris Levesque, Count de Laferrière, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • René Levesque (1922-1987), Canadian founder and Leader of the Parti Québécois, 23rd Premier of Quebec (1976-1985)
  • Gerard D Levesque, Canadian Government Official, Minister of Industry and Commerce and others, Sillery, Quebec
  • Jean-Louis Lévesque CM, OQ (1911-1994), Canadian entrepreneur, thoroughbred racehorse owner, and philanthropist
  • Georges-Henri Lévesque CC, OQ (1903-2000), Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist


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The Levesque Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Levesque 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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