The French region of 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
The surname Ormeau was first found in 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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ormeau research.Another 355 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1570, 1613, 1650, 1650, 1510, 1570, 1613 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Ormeau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ormeau 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 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.