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The Marois surname is a habitational name derived from any of several places named with the Old French words "mareis" or "maresc", meaning "marsh".

Early Origins of the Marois family

The surname Marois was first found in Cambray, Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where ancestors of the family belonged to the house of Bousis. According to Arthurian legend, Sir Hector de Maris (or Ector de Maris), was a Knight of the Round Table, younger half-brother of Lancelot and the natural son of King Ban of Benwick and the Lady de Maris.

René Desmarais, son of Jean and Jeanne (née Brassard), travelled from Poitou, France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Jeanne Blondeau at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 16th November 1671. 1

Early History of the Marois family

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Marois Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Desmarais, Demarais, Des Marais, Desmarets, Desmarés, Desmareys, Desmaray, Desmaraie, Desmarest, Desmaret, Desmarets, Démarais, Démarets, Démarey, Démareys, Démarés, Démarey, Démaré, Démarés, Démarée, Démarées, Démaraie, Démaray, Maret, Marest, Marais, Mareys, Marets, Marest, Mares, Marays, Marrey, Mareys, Marées, Des Marest, Des Maret, Des Marets, Des Marez, De Marest, Du Marest, Du Marais, Du Marrey, Du Mareys, Du Mares, Du Marays, Du Mareys, Du Marées and many more.

Early Notables of the Marois family

Notable amongst the family in this period was Baldwin I, Lord of Marets in the 11th century, as well as Hugues Maret, the first Priest at the Benedictine Abbey of Valbenoite, in 1108. Jean Desmarets (1595-1676), Sieur de (Lord of) Saint-Sorlin was the author of many volumes of poetry and critical works, as well as the first chancellor and co-founder of the Académie Française; Nicolas Desmarets, known as the Marquis de Maillebois (1648-1721)...
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Marois Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Marois is the 484th most popular surname. 2 However, in France, the name Marois is ranked the 6,374th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 3

Canada Marois migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marois Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Guillaume Marois, son of Charles and Catherine, who married Catherine Laberge, daughter of Robert and Françoise, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 14th April 1687 4
Marois Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Marois, son of Guillaume and Catherine, who married Jeanne Boudeau, daughter of Jean and Élisabeth, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 17th april 1712 4
  • François Marois, son of Guillaume and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Hébert, daughter of Guillaume and Anne, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 27th January 1716 4
  • Jean-Baptiste Marois, son of Guillaume and Catherine, who married Catherine Cotinault, daughter of Jean and Catherine, in Quebec on 29th January 1725 4
  • Prisque Marois, son of Guillaume and Catherine, who married Marie-Angélique Garnaud, daughter of Jacques and Angélique, in L'Ange-Gardien, Quebec on 15th October 1725 4
  • Basile Marois, son of Basile and Marie-Thérèse, who married Thérèse Bouin, daughter of Simon and Marie-Louise, in Quebec on 11th May 1739 4
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Contemporary Notables of the name Marois (post 1700) +

  • Jean Léonor François Le Marois, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 5

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 8) Jean Marois. Retrieved from on Facebook