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Nizard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Nizard family

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

Early History of the Nizard family

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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.

Early Notables of the Nizard family (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...
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Migration of the Nizard family to the New World and Oceana

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 Quebec. 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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