Family Origins (a confusion of names)

Simon was born in the early 1600's in St-Jean-de-Rouvray, Abbeville, Picardie, France (located in the north of France, near the Belgium border).  He married Jeanne Ceillier about 1620, in St-Jean-de-Rouvroy, France.

Simon and Jeanne had several sons. The oldest was named Claude. He was born on May 30, 1627 in St-Jean-de-Rouvroy.

I have found reference to Claude’s last name, and those of his descendants being spelled Delomay, Delomey, Delaumay, Delauney, Delaunay, Delome, de Laumay, de L'Homel and de Lomel. The most common spelling in Canadian genealogy source material, seems to be Delaunay.

How the last name was actually spelled, may be argued, depending on your source.  However, two Denomme "CuZins", Jean-Marc (from Trois Rivieres, Quebec) and Philip (from Windsor, Ontario) travelled to Picardie France to research the original family name. They both found church records listing Claude’s surname as  “De L'Homel" or "de Lomel”,  (the "el" making an "a" sound). Philip wrote: "The registers of St. Jean-de-Rouvray contained a de L'Homel family whose name was often spelt Delomel or Delomet & by those outside Picardy as Delaunay".

Jean-Marc wrote: "Simon's last name was de Lomel, as I read in the register of baptisms of the St-Jean-de-Rouvroy Parish. It is the only original spelling of our name. Simon's children were baptised under this name: de Lomel.
Claude de Lomel: In the register of St-Jean-de-Rouvroy, it is written: "Le 30èè mai 1627 avons baptiséé Claude de Lomel fils de Simon et de Jeanne Ceillier - Son parrain Pierre Gagnon Sa marraine- J. Jacqueline Boinau

Whatever the spelling, Claude came to New France in 1664.  The next year (February 8, 1665) he obtained a piece of land on the Island of Orleans, in a contract before the Royal Notary Michel Fillion.  Jean-Marc again wrote: "it is true that the Notary Becquet spelled Claude's name Delone (Delaunay), but the pastor of the Ste-Famille Parish wrote in the register: Claude de Laumay. So, Becquet mixed up with some others families Delaunay living in New France at that time".

The census of 1666 lists Claude as a “travaillant, cordier, habitant”, a worker, rope maker and a settler. On September 21, 1669, a marriage contract was signed between Claude Delone (this is the way his last name was recorded), the son of Simon Delone and the late Jeanne Ceillier, and Denise Leclerc, daughter of the late Jean Leclerc and Jeanne Nigremond, of the parish of Notre Dame of de Gonnesse, Paris, France. Claude and Denise were married on October 3, 1669 in Ste. Famille parish , Ile d’Orleans, New France where he worked the land that he had obtained in 1665.

Claude and Denise had three children, Jean, Bernard and Marie-Anne.

Claude died on November 8, 1695 and was buried on November 9, 1695 in St. Laurent, Ile d’Orleans, New France.

The family stayed on the Island of Orleans until the time around Claude’s death. Most of Bernard’s children were born in St. Laurent, Ile d’Orleans, Marie Francois around 1694, Marie Anne in 1697 and Bernard in 1699. Joseph was born in St. Antoine-de-la-Chevrotiere. This is the first record of the family moving off the Island. They moved to the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, west of Quebec City. To this day, many of the Claude's decedents live in the Joliette and Berthier regions of Quebec, between Quebec City and Montreal.

The family generally stayed in this area of Quebec until the 1840's to 1850's, when they started to migrate. Over the years, the population of the area had increased significantly and it was getting difficult to accommodate everyone on the small farms. This period also ushered in the train as an easy and convenient means of transportation across Canada and the USA.

The first migrations took place to areas like Verner and Huron County in Ontario as well as to Michigan, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island in the USA.

Today, the Denomme / Denommee / Denome / Denomey / Denomy / Denomie / DeNomme DeNoma, Desnomie families have spread out to live in at least 31 states of the USA and 7 out of the 10 provinces in Canada.


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