Forez is where Ormeau was first used as a surname. Ormeau was a name for a person who lived near an elm tree, having derived its orgin from the Old French word orme, meaning elm tree.
Early Origins of the Ormeau family
Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the family had an integral role in the social and cultural aspects of the region.
Early History of the Ormeau family
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Ormeau Spelling Variations
spelling variations of the name Ormeau, including Delorme, DeLorme, Delormes, DeLormes, Delourmes, DeLourmes, Delormeau, Dorme, de l'Orme, De l'Orme and many more.
Early Notables of the Ormeau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ormeau family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Ormeau has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Ormeau were Marie DeLourmes, who arrived in Carolina in 1679; Marie (also registered as Marye) DeLorme, who took up residence in Carolina from 1695 to 1696; Pierre Delorme, who settled in Louisiana in 1756.
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