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The surname is one of the oldest family names to came from that French region known as Brittany. It is derived from the Greek given name Dionysios, which means a follower of the Greek god of the same name. Much of the popularity of the name Nizard is due to the fact that it was borne by the 3rd century Bishop of Paris who later became the patron saint of France.

Nizard Early Origins



The surname Nizard was first found in Champagne, where this illustrious family held a family seat since ancient times.

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Nizard Spelling Variations


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Nizard Spelling Variations



History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Nizard, some of which include Denis, Dennis, Denys, Dennys, Denice, Denise, Deniset, Deniseau, Denison, Denisard, Denizot, Denizon and many more.

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Nizard Early History


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Nizard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nizard research. Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1360, 1404, 1294, 1384, 1390, 1448, 1438, 1700, 1700, 1610, 1670, 1644, 1708, 1598, 1688, 1643, 1704, 1659, 1711, 1715 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Nizard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nizard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nizard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family during this period was Claude Denis, Lord of la Cornillere, during the 1700's; Frans Denys ( c. 1610-1670), a Flemish Baroque painter mainly of portraits; Jacob Denys (1644-1708) was a Flemish Baroque painter; Nicolas Denys (1598?-1688), a French aristocrat who became an explorer, colonizer, soldier and leader in...

Another 63 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nizard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Nizard were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Nizard were Mrs. Dennis, aged 35; settled in Philadelphia in 1820; Ann Dennis settled in Virginia in 1650; Daniell Dennis, aged 22; settled in Barbados in 1635; David Dennis settled in Virginia in 1663.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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    The Nizard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nizard 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.

    This page was last modified on 31 March 2016 at 07:27.

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