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Denis & Paul-Denis
Family Name

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Probable Origins & Usage

Spellings & Alternate Names

Places Family is Found

Earliest Occurrences of the Name


A common family name appearing in many places and associated with several Wabanaki bands.

Paul, Pierre, and Pierre-Paul are very common given names in the Odanak family. Documents at Odanak from the 1880s claim the Odanak Denis family has Maliseet origins.

The family of Maurice Paul Denis were well known basket makers in upstate NY - late 1800s to early 1900s.

The origins of this name may go back to Richard Denys, a Frenchman that married a Wabanaki woman in the late 1600s in Acadia. His son, Nicholas, also married a Wabanaki woman. Early records are not complete enough to claim all Denis are his descendants, but it is a possibility.

Mousquasso - Joseph Marie is listed at Sartigan in 1809

Mouscouoisseau - Michel Mouscouoisseau and Jouachin Mouscouoisseau are listed in 1829-1830 at Odanak. Joachim Mouscoisseau Denis is listed at Odanak in 1832. Joachim Denis continues in Odanak census records for several decades. The 1900 census for one of his daughters shows father's place of birth as Maine. His descendants use the surname Denis.

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