Levesque Family

originating from the Normandy area of France.

The Levesque family were Huguenots and several branches of the family fled from France at the time of persecution.

The direct line to Fred Shade is
(1) Jean Levesque
(2) Jacques Levesque & Suzanne Havy
(3) Jacques Levesque & Suzanne Campart
(4) Jean Levesque & Madeleine Campart
(5) Janne Levesque & Isaac Poulain (goes to POULAIN tree)
(6) Jeanne (Jane) Poulain & Jean Pierre (John Peter) Cazaly (goes to CAZALY tree)
(7) Jaques (James) Cazaly & Elizabeth Eagles
(8) Catherine Walford (Kate) Cazaly & William Little (goes to LITTLE tree)
(9) Fanny Beatrice Little & Frederick Joseph Chapple (goes to CHAPPLE tree)
(10) Mary Beatrice Chapple & Albert Ernest Shade (goes to SHADE tree)

This early and very interesting surname, popular throughout Europe, is of Ancient Greek, pre Christian, origins. It derives from the word "episkopos", translating as the overseer, from the elements "epi", meaning on or over, plus "skopein", to look. The early Christians adopted the word for the headman of their local communities, and from the 4th century a.d. it was applied to a religious leader. Derivatives of "episkopos" include for example "obispo", in Spanish, and "bischof" in German, and "yepiskop" in Russian.. However spelt, and there are over one hundred forms ranging from Bisp, Evesque and Vesque, to Vesco, Bischop, Yepiskopov, and Piscotti, the surname did not refer to a bishop as such. It was either occupational, and described somebody who served in the household of a bishop, or it was a nickname for a person who played the part of a bishop in the travelling theatres of the medieval period.

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Recent Changes

Many New Zealand cemetery records added to generation 9 and generation 10 on 30 Aug 2018

On generations 7 and 8, added the family of Rachel Cosson and Thomas Gable, added 1 Aug 2017

On generations 10/ 11 and 12, many additions in the Rondeau area suggested by Gael Olsen, added 11 May 2017

Contact Libby Shade for further details
P.O. Box 105, Rosanna 3084, Victoria, Australia

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