The Deschênes name was first used in Québec on October 19, 1669 in the Duquet marriage contract between Jacques Miville and Catherine de Baillon . At that time his name was written "Jacques Miville Sieur desChesnes."
The English translation of Deschenes is "of the oaks".
Therefore, Jacques Miville Sieur desChesnes is really "Jacques Miville gentleman of the Oaks".
Since 1669 many of Jacques Miville's decendants adopted the Deschesnes family name. The name was eventually shortened to Deschênes. This was done by replacing the es with ê, a common practice in french grammar at the time.
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