Tessier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Périgord region of France is the ancient homeland of this noble name.

Early Origins of the Tessier family

The surname Tessier was first found in Périgord, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Many of the branches had their noble status maintained in 1599, 1634, 1667, 1668, 1715 and so on. In recognition of their valiant conduct at war, many members of this noble family received lands and titles and were prominent citizens. This family had many members who were admitted to the Order of the Knights of Malta and to the Knights of Saint Cyr in 1706, 1751, 1768, and on August 7, 1773, Jeanne from the Redon branch of the family was admitted. Many distinctive members of the Tessieres family participated in the Assembly of Notables in 1789.

Urbain Tessier, born in 1624, son of Artus and Jeanne, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After settling in the Canadian province of Quebec he married Marie Archambault, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, on 28th September 1648. They remained together in Quebec until Urbain's death at Montreal on 21st March 1689. [1]

Early History of the Tessier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tessier research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1247, 1447, 1255, 1325 and 1447 are included under the topic Early Tessier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Tessier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tessieres, Teyssières, Teissière, Tessier, Tessiere, Tesieres, Tesierres, Tesier, Les Teyssieres, La Teissiere, La Tesiere, Tissier, Le Tissier, Letessier, Tisserand, Tesserand, Tessereau, Tissot and many more.

Early Notables of the Tessier family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Tessier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Tessier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tessier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Tessier, who settled in New York State in 1775
  • Jean Tessier, who settled in New York State in 1775
  • J. B. Tessier, aged 35, settled in New York State in 1775
  • Charles Tessier, who landed in New York in 1798 [2]
  • Jean Tessier, who landed in New York in 1798 [2]
Tessier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Auguste Tessier, aged 26, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Mrs. C. Tessier, who settled in San Francisco in 1850

Canada Tessier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tessier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Urbain Tessier, who landed in Montreal in 1648
  • Urbain Tessier, son of Artus and Jeanne, who married Marie Archambault, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in Quebec on 28th September 1648 [3]
  • Pierre Tessier, who landed in Montreal in 1662
  • Jacquette Tessier, who arrived in Quebec in 1664
  • Mr. Marc Tessier, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 2nd April 1665 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Tessier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ignace Tessier, son of Urbain and Marie, who married Marguerite Luissier, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Repentigny, Quebec on 23rd May 1703 [3]
  • Pierre Tessier, son of Marc and Jacquette, who married Marie-Anne Vivier, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 7th January 1704 [3]
  • Jean-Baptiste Tessier, son of Mathurin and Élisabeth, who married Jeanne Delahaye, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Geneviève, in Champlain, Quebec on 1st June 1711 [3]
  • Jean-Baptiste Tessier, son of Laurent and Anne-Geneviève, who married Marie-Anne Aubuchon, daughter of Joseph and Élisabeth, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th February 1712 [3]
  • Nicolas Tessier, son of Urbain and Marie, who married Geneviève Augé, daughter of Jean and Marie-Charlotte, in Montreal, Quebec on 27th January 1716 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Tessier (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Tessier (b. 1947), American author of horror novels and short stories
  • Robert W Tessier (1934-1990), American actor and stuntman
  • Paul Tessier (1917-2008), French surgeon, "father of modern craniofacial surgery"
  • Emilie de Tessier (b. 1850), French cartoonist who worked under the pseudonym Marie Duval
  • Ulric-Joseph Tessier (1817-1892), Canadian lawyer, judge, and politician from Quebec, member of the Senate of Canada
  • Orval Tessier (b. 1933), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player, recipient of the Jack Adams Trophy (1982)
  • Jules Tessier QC (1852-1934), Canadian lawyer and politician from Quebec, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
  • Joseph-Adolphe Tessier (1861-1928), Canadian politician from Quebec, Mayor of Trois-Rivières (1913 to 1921)
  • François-Xavier Tessier (1799-1835), Canadian doctor, publisher and political figure in Lower Canada
  • Dan Tessier (b. 1979), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/


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