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The Poisson family name dates back to the time Medieval France and that northern region known as Normandy. It comes from an early member of the family who was a fisherman or fishmonger having derived from the Old French word poisson, meaning fish. In some cases the name may have been given as a nickname to someone who bore a fancied resemblance to a fish.


The surname Poisson was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigniory of Mesnil.

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 Poisson, some of which include Poisson, Poissant, LePoisson, Le Poisson, De Poisson, Poissonot, Poissoneau, Poissonier, Poissonet, Poissonnerie, Poissonneau and many more.


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Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Poisson has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Poisson were

Poisson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Poisson arrived in Georgia in 1800
  • Jane Poisson arrived in Georgia in 1831

Poisson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Poisson arrived in Quebec in 1646 from Perche in southern Normandy

  • David E. Poisson (b. 1951), American politician of the Democratic Party
  • Jean-Frédéric Poisson (b. 1963), member of the National Assembly of France
  • David Poisson (b. 1982), French alpine skier
  • Siméon-Denis Poisson (1781-1840), French mathematician, geometer, and physicist
  • Jean Antoine Poisson (1721-1764), Marquis de Pompadour, France
  • Colonel Paul Poisson (1887-1982), the first mayor of the town of Tecumseh, Ontario
  • Eric Poisson, Canadian physicist specializing in the theory of black holes
  • Georges Poisson, physician, Paris, France

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    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    3. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Poisson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Poisson 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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