For those that are trying to trace surnames from the Upper Normandy region of France, I have requested GenForum to create this new region.
Contemporary Haute-Normandie has two administrative departments: Seine-Maritime and Eure.
Major contemporary cities are: Rouen, the capital; Le Havre, the largest; Dieppe; Évreux; Fécamp; Le Grand - Quevilly; Le Petit - Quevilly; Mont-Saint-Aignan; Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray; Sotteville-lès-Rouen.
I have done this because 17th Century France was a very tumultuous period. Societal challenges of famine, religion, royal competition and pestilence of Northern Europe created emigration waves that flowed in response to these various societal pressures. Rouen was one of the most prosperous cities in Europe which attracted many immigrants into the Upper Normandy region from many neighboring French regions and nations such as: Netherlands (Flanders); Belgium; Luxembourg; Germany (Prussia); Britain (England & Scotland); and Spain.
I hope GenForums agreement to create this additional region within the France message-boards will help those of us who are tracing our ancestors and find references in that region.
There are other neighboring regions that ancestral references may be found in, but Rouen throughout the 16th to 18th centuries was like a magnet for opportunity. And, being a chief city of the Romans since the 3rd century, and the Bishopric Seat of the Catholic Church since the 6th century, many Catholic records were/are held there at the dioces of Notre-Dame, and at one time a Protestant stronghold Rouen acts as a crossroads of many demographics such as religion, nationality, social class and royal status. Alas, that the cities of Upper Normandy were devastated during WW II, some records may be quite difficult to connect to a surname. With the help of some of our French counterparts, we may be able to narrow down that field to "connect the dots" of our lineages.
"Vous remercier à nos homologues en France qui nous ont aidé avec les recherches et les traductions longtemps. Sans vous condamne à une amende des gens, nous canadien francophone et français-Américains auraient un temps beaucoup plus difficile qui continue avec notre préoccupation."