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.

Regrettably, it is now clear that
Janne Levesque and Isaac Poulain
on page 5 of this documentation
are not the direct ancestors of Fred Shade
through their daughter Jeanne Poulain.

Therefore this tree is not the ancestry of Fred Shade
but has been retained to help others.

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

That this tree is no longer the ancestry of Fred Shade 12 Jan 2023

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

This family tree is provided for mutual information within the family.
The information given will be referenced by official documents, family bibles etc.
Information that is uncertain or unreferenced will not be published.
For privacy of the present generations, the family tree will halt at the generation born around the start of the 20th century.
Discussion gladly entered into.