The name Longet belongs to the early history of France, in that much fought over region of Normandy
. It is a product of the family's residency at Longueuil, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Longet family
The surname Longet was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family established itself in early times.
One of the first records of the name was Guillaume Longue-Épée (c. 893-942), also known as William Longsword. He was the second ruler of Normandy, from 927 until his assassination in 942 when he was ambushed and killed by followers of Arnulf while at a peace conference to settle their differences. He was son of the Viking Rollo (c.846-930), the first ruler of Normandy.
Early History of the Longet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longet research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1470, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Longet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Longet Spelling Variations
Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local
accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations
of the name Longet, including Delong, DeLong, Delon, Long, Lelong, Longin, Longet, Longuet, Longuay, Longueuil, Longeau, Longueau, Longeaux, Longueaux, Longeaud, Longaud, Longeret, Longueret and many more.
Early Notables of the Longet family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Richard Olivier de Longueuil, a French prelate, who was ordered by the pope to oversee the trial of Jeanne d'Arc, and... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Longet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Longet family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Longet has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Longet were Jean Delon, who settled in Louisiana in 1720; M. de Longrais, who was living in Natchez, Louisiana in 1726; M. Delongrais, who settled in Louisiana in 1729.