Normandy region of France. This surname came from the Germanic given name Robert. This name is composed of the elements hrod, meaning glory, and berht, meaning illustrious or brilliant.
Early Origins of the Robelot family
Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.
Early History of the Robelot family
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Robelot Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Robelot is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Robillard, Robilard, Robillart, Robilart, Robilleau, Robileau, Robilliard, Robiliard, Robilliart, Robiliart, Robillot, Robilot, Robellot, Robelot and many more.
Early Notables of the Robelot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Robelot 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 Robelot 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 Robelot were Claude Robillard who migrated from Brittany to Quebec in 1664.
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