Longuet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Longuet 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 Longuet family

The surname Longuet 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 Longuet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Longuet research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1463, 1470, and 1880 are included under the topic Early Longuet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Longuet Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Longuet, 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 Longuet 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 Longuet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Longuet migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Longuet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Victor Longuet, aged 29, a gardener, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Longuet (post 1700) +

  • Gérard Longuet (1946-2011), French conservative politician, Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs (2011-2012)
  • Charles Longuet (1839-1903), French journalist and leader in the French working-class movement
  • Jean-Laurent-Frederick "Johnny" Longuet (1876-1938), French socialist, Karl Marx's grandson
  • Didi Longuet (b. 1981), Dutch footballer
  • Charles Longuet Higgins (1806-1885), English benefactor of Turvey, eldest son of John Higgins of the Abbey-house, Turvey, Bedfordshire


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