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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Papillon family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Papillon is a nickname type of surname for a dainty person, being derived from the Old French word "papilon," which meant "butterfly".
The surname Papillon was first found in Maine where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Braiteau and were included amongst the aristocracy of that province on the southern borders of Normandy in the north of France.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Papillon, Papilon, Papillin, Papilin, Papillo, Papilleau, Papillault, Papillaud, Papillot, Papilot, Papillote, Papillots, Papilotes, Parpillon and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Papillon research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1680 is included under the topic Early Papillon History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Papillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Papillon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Papillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Papillon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Papillon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Papillon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Papillon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Papillon 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.
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