Show ContentsLoiselle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Artois emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Loiselle family. Originally, people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in Artois is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name.

Early Origins of the Loiselle family

The surname Loiselle was first found in Artois, a former province of northern France.

The members of this distinguished family also branched into other regions of France, especially to Tourraine and to Poitou. In Normandy they settled in D'Oissel, a town in Seine-Inférieure, in the district of Rouen; in Burgundy they settled in the region of Nivernais; in Maine they settled in D'Oisseau, a town in the department of Mayenne, in the district of Mayenne, and in Savoie they settled in De Loiseux, in the district of Chambéry. In Berry the family was in possession of the seigniories of Bouchet in Isle, of Champ and of Villars. 1

Early History of the Loiselle family

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Loiselle Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Loiselle, Loisel, Loiseau, Loiselet, Loiseleur, Loisellier, Loizeau, Loisé, Loizé, Loiset, Loisette, Loisy, Oiseau, Oisel, Oiselle, Oiseleur, Oiselier, Oisé, Oiset and many more.

Early Notables of the Loiselle family

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Loiselle Ranking

In the United States, the name Loiselle is the 10,882nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2 However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Loiselle is ranked the 393rd most popular surname. 3

Migration of the Loiselle family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne and Antoine Loiseau, who settled in Canada during the 17th century; Jacques Loiseau, who arrived in Canada in 1647; Louis Loisel, who settled in Montreal in 1648.

Contemporary Notables of the name Loiselle (post 1700) +

  • Richard Frank "Rich" Loiselle (b. 1972), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1996-2001)
  • J. Leo Loiselle, American Democratic Party politician, Nominated in primary for Vermont State Auditor of accounts 1962, but withdrew before election 4
  • Gilles Loiselle PC (1929-2022), Canadian politician, born in Ville-Marie, Quebec, President of the Treasury Board in 1990, Minister of Finance in 1993
  • Nicole Loiselle (b. 1954), Canadian politician, MNA for Saint-Henri (1989-1994)
  • Bernard Pierre Loiselle (b. 1948), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Chambly (1974-1979)
  • Claude Loiselle (b. 1963), Canadian former NHL ice hockey forward

  1. 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.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook