Family names, family tree… What are the roots of the twelve presidential candidates?

She focuses her family tree mainly on the Dauphiné (Isère and Drôme), where her ancestors are farmers. She would be a distant cousin of Postman Cheval…

Fabien Roussel (French Communist Party)

He can boast of Spanish ancestry, farmers in Berdun, in the province of Huesca. The majority of his other ancestors are Ch’tis farmers from Verqigneul (Pas-de-Calais), Béthune (62) and again from Looberghe and Cappellebrouck (Nord) by the Delelis and Grardel families. Roussel comes from Latin Soot and pointed to the person with the red hair.

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Emmanuel Macron (The Republic on the Move)

It offers roots mainly located in Picardy, particularly in the Somme, where its oldest ancestor François Macron was a tiller in Authy (80). The name Macron means matchmaker, but also means the chin in old Picard.

Jean Lassalle (Let’s Resist!)

Native of Lourdios-Ichère (Pyrenees-Atlantiques), where he was mayor, is the son of shepherds and a descendant of cheese farmers. His name comes from his distant ancestor Marie Lassalle, who lived in the late 18th century and was married to a certain Bordes. De Bordes dit Lassalle, the name became Lassalle. This surname, or better matronym, designates the person residing in a place called La Salle, the name of a mansion or fortified residence.

Marine Le Pen (Rally National)

She has her paternal roots in Morbihan (in Bubry) from the first quarter of the 17th century, where her ancestors were ploughmen, farmers, but also sailors and fishermen. The Lalannes bring us through the maternal line to Rouergue, Landes (Aire-sur-l’Adour) and Médoc, to Civrac (33), where his ancestors were wine merchants.

Eric Zemmour (recapture)

Its name comes from the Berber Azemmur, which means the olive tree. In fact, Eric Zemmour’s genealogical olive tree has its roots in the country of Algeria and more specifically in Constantine, where his ancestors worked copper and iron. He is also linked to Constantine, where his maternal ancestors were merchants or jewellers.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Rebellious France)

Despite a very French-sounding surname, the cradle of his ancestors is three quarters proud Spain and descended from potters from La Roda (Castilla-Mancha region). The last quarter has its roots in Sicily, on the island of Ustica… the island of Circe. The name comes from the village of Belinchon.

Anne Hidalgo-Aleu (Parti socialiste)

It has its roots in San Fernando, in the province of Cadiz, Andalusia. Hidalgo is the contraction of the expression Hijo algo, son of something, man of status. The name was given to a noble person.

Yannick Jadot (Europe Ecology The Greens)

Although linked to Picardy (Aisne, Clacy and Thierrey), it has its first roots in the Kingdom of Belgium, in Liège and Glons, where its ancestors were master milliners. Bocquillon’s maternal line essentially remains in the Aisne (Buironfosse, Oisy, Prisches). Jadot comes from the Latin gabata, jatte and describes a round vase without a handle. It is certainly the nickname of a shell maker.

Valerie Pécresse (LR)

A native of Roux, she has her roots in south-eastern France (Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Basses-Alpes), where her ancestors were merchants and traders. In Picard, the name Pécresse means the one who fishes. Roux describes the person with red hair.

Philippe Poutou (New Anti-Capitalist Party)

He comes from Béarn, where his ancestors are known from a certain Jeanne Poutou, who was married to Pierre Larrouy. It is the woman who, in this case, passes on the old name Larrouy dit Poutou in Poutou. The name would be a variant of potou, denoting the pot or the potter. It also denotes the mouth or the kiss in the Occitan pota.

Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Stand up for France)

His paternal ancestors associated with wine have been known since the 17th century: they are Beaujolais winemakers originally from Jullié on the Rhône. The maternal roots of the Aignans are in the Loiret near Ascoux, but also in Cantal, Aveyron, Aude and Marne.

The twelve presidential candidates in 2022

Christian Chandon
Probate genealogist at the Coutot-Roehrig company in Paris.

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