Saussure History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Saussure family

The surname Saussure was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat at Le Saussaye in Eure in the arrondissement of Louviers, in the canton of Amfreville-La-Campagne. Anschetil was the ancestor of this great aristocratic family of Saussaye. La Saussaye was a fief of the Norman branch of the Harcourts. In the registers of Philip Augustus in 1212 they were listed as sub-infeudated fees (vassal of a feudal lord) of Breteuil.

Early History of the Saussure family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Saussure research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1828 is included under the topic Early Saussure History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Saussure 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 Saussure, including Saucey, Saucy, Saussay, Saussaye, Saucier and others.

Early Notables of the Saussure family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Saussure family

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Saussure were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Saussure were Louis Saucier who arrived in Quebec in 1671 from Ile-de-France; Jean Soucy arrived in Quebec from Orléannais in 1670.


Contemporary Notables of the name Saussure (post 1700) +

  • Wilmot Gibbes De Saussure (1822-1886), American politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives; Adjutant General of South Carolina, 1862 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Wilmot Saussure. Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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