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The majestic region of Picardy in France was the place of origin of the prestigious surname Deschamps. Deschamps is a topographic surname, which is a form of hereditary surname, and was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The surname Deschamps is derived from the Old French word "champ," which means field, and literally means "of the fields."

Early Origins of the Deschamps family

The surname Deschamps was first found in Picardy (French: Picardie) in northern France, where the family was first established, and expanded to become one of the more notable names in the region.

The name was also seen in the town of Poitou, located in west-central France, by two aldermans in 1412 and 1422. [1]

The French name originally came to Canada with Jean-Baptiste, born in 1646, son of Jean, Lord of Sandes. [1]

Early History of the Deschamps family

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Early Notables of the Deschamps family

Notable amongst the family name at this period was

  • Eustache Deschamps (1340-1406), medieval French poet, received lessons in versification from Guillaume de Machaut and later studied law at Orleans University, traveled through Europe as a diplomatic m...
  • Émile Deschamps de Saint Amand (1791-1871) and Antoine Deschamps (1800-1869) were both respected French poets of their time

Deschamps World Ranking

In the United States, the name Deschamps is the 10,927th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in Canada, the name Deschamps is ranked the 661st most popular surname with an estimated 7,883 people with that name. [3] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Deschamps is the 361st popular surname. [4] France ranks Deschamps as 119th with 24,708 people. [5]

United States Deschamps migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Isaac Broussard DesChamps, who landed in New York, NY in 1668 [6]
Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Deschamps, aged 40, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Joseph Deschamps, aged 45, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [6]
  • Philippe Deschamps, 45, who settled in Louisiana in 1719 with his wife Claudine
  • Blanche Deschamps, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [6]
  • Frosine Deschamps, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [6]
Deschamps Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antoine Deschamps, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1816 [6]
  • Miss Deschamps, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Antoine Deschamps, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852

Canada Deschamps migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deschamps Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Deschamps, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 8th April 1642 [7]
  • Toussaint Deschamps, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Jean-Baptiste-François Deschamps, son of Jean and Élisabeth, who married Catherine-Gertrude Macard, daughter of Nicolas and Marguerite, in Quebec on 24th October 1672 [8]
Deschamps Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis-Henri Deschamps, son of Jean-Baptiste and Catherine-Gertrude, who married Louise-Geneviève De Ramezay, daughter of Claude and Marie-Charlotte, in Montreal, Quebec on 10th December 1721 [8]
  • André Deschamps, son of Julien and Jeanne, who married Marie-Suzanne Cahouet, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 9th January 1740 [8]
  • Pierre-Roger Deschamps, son of Pierre and Thérèse, who married Marie-Anne Cadoret, daughter of Pierre and Charlotte, in Quebec on 30th October 1741 [8]
  • Isaac Deschamps, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Joseph-Philippe Deschamps, son of Nicolas and Judith, who married Madeleine Trahan, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Catherine-Joseph, in Quebec on 12th February 1753 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Deschamps (post 1700) +

  • William Green DesChamps Jr. (b. 1917), American politician, Mayor of Bishopville, South Carolina, 1958; Member of South Carolina State Senate, 1963-68 (Lee County 1963-66, 8th District 1967-68) [9]
  • Gaspard William Deschamps Jr., American Republican politician, Montana Republican State Chair, 2012; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 2012 [10]
  • Dusty Deschamps, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Montana at-large, 1998 [11]
  • Betty Deschamps, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1972 [12]
  • Jérôme Deschamps (b. 1947), French actor, director and opera manager
  • Hubert Deschamps (1923-1998), French actor
  • Gérard Deschamps (b. 1937), French contemporary artist
  • Émile de Saint-Amand Deschamps (1791-1871), French poet
  • Didier Claude Deschamps (b. 1968), retired French footballer and current manager of France
  • Jean-Pierre Deschamps (b. 1941), French physician and general manager of the Centre de Médecine Préventive in the French city of Nancy, where he also held the position of town councilor from 1970 to 1975
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  8. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) William DesChamps. Retrieved from
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Gaspard Deschamps. Retrieved from
  11. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Dusty Deschamps. Retrieved from
  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2017, April 12) Betty Deschamps. Retrieved from on Facebook