Surname variations include Loisel Loiselle Sinotte Wisell and Venet

Updated as at Oct 2013:

My French Canadian genealogy research focuses around the surname Loisel. I am trying to identify all the current day descendants of my ancester Louis Loisel.

The challenge came up when I discovered that there were 4 or 5 different “Loisel” that settled in Canada in those early years – well the 1600 and 1700’s. To try to sort out who was related or not, I started documenting the descendants of all of these “original Loisel” ancesters.
And so, after almost 30 years of keeping an eye out for new descendants of Louis Loisel, my research file has
– 41,010  individuals
– 15,047 marriages
– 7016  different surnames

The longest Loisel/Sinotte branch of the family tree goes back 19 generations.


[I have not yet come across any Louis Loisel descendants with the Cloisel, Choisy, Loiseau, Loiselet, Lorsil, Lisotte or Cambell connections]

In my own research, I have come across these spelling variations: Loisel, Loiselle, Loyselle, Loyzelle, Sinot, Sinotte, Sinnett, Synott, Louiselle, Louisell, and Wisell. I also have Venet, but they are definately not related to my Louis Loisel ancester.

…  in Jan 2011, thanks to connecting with a “cousin” Elizabeth Davis have confirmed that there are some Wiswell and Sinnett’s in the Loiselle dit Sinotte family tree!  See her notes here.  And you can check out all her research on

… in Jun 2012, found records that verified that the surname deLoiselle is also a “dit” Sinotte variation, although haven’t “met” any deLoiselle cousins year.

… in Jul 2013, Angela Rupert has confirmed the Synott connection!

… in Oct 2013, I am pretty sure that there is a Sinette family in Chippewa WI area since 1880s that are descendants of Louis Loisel, by way of Vermont and some of the Loiselle’s that stayed in Vermont, became known by the surname Sinot and Sinor.


Here are a few examples of the variations of the Loisel name that I know of.

My surname Sinotte was introduced as a “dit name” for Loiselle at about 1752 – at the 3rd generation descendant of Louis Loisel. In 1752, Toussaint Loiselle-Sinot was born to Toussant Loiselle and Marie Anne Hogue and baptised as dit Sinot.  The father Toussaint Loiselle was buried in 1772 as Tousaint Loisel Sinot.   The youngest son of Toussaint Loiselle and Marie-Anne Hougue was also also baptised dit Loiselle.  Joseph Loiselle-Sinot and his wife Judith Gosselin who were married in 1782 in Vercheres Quebec and at about the time that they moved to St-Dominique, QC, were there are records that referred to him as Joseph Loizelle-Synode.

There are a few examples of the Wisell surname.

Wisell was introduced one branch of the Louis Loisel family tree in the 5th generation descendants. Specifically it was the family of Pierre Loiselle and Marie Demers who were married in 1814 and moved with their growing family to Vermont USA – and by1850 he and several of his 16 children were documented in census, marriage and birth documnets with surname “Wisell”. When you say “Loiselle” in english, is does sound like “Wisell”.

It also appears about the same time, when Constant Loiselle who married Marie-Catherine Marsil in 1828 in Marieville, QC. Constant Loiselle was 6th generation descendant of “my Louis Loisel”. Constant Loiselle and Marie-Catherine Marsil immigrated to Michigan USA and at least as early as 1840, in documentation Constant Loiselle was also known as Constant Loiselle/John Loiselle/John Wisell/John Wezell.

Venet surname is fron Rene Venet who came to Canada about 1750 and Venet dit Loisel being introduced in Rene Venet’s 2nd/3rd generation descendants.

I look forward to sharing more in future posts. And I look forward to meeting more Loisel/Sinotte descendants? Are you related?


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8 Responses to “Surname variations include Loisel Loiselle Sinotte Wisell and Venet”

  1. Meredith Johanson Says:

    Yes, I am a direct matriline descendant of Marguerite Charlot and Louis Loiselle, through their daughter Francoise Loiselle.

    If you follow the daughter’s daughter’s daughter, etc. for 11 generations, you will get to me.

    Meredith Johanson
    Sacramento, California

  2. Marjorie Eyre Says:

    In all your research have you come across any thing on jean Loiseau who married anne Gauthier daughter of mathurin Gauthier and Anne Giraud? Am writing historical novel on his sister in law marie Louise Gauthier.

    • karensinotte Says:

      Marjorie, Jean Loiseau isn’t directly connected to my Louis Loisel. Would love to hear more about the novel that you are writing.

      This is what I have on descendants of Loiseau, which is not a lot.
      Generation No. 1

      1. Lucas1 Loiseau was born 1630 in Chervey, Champagne. He married Francoise Cure. She was born 1629 in Grevilliers, Pas-de-Calais.

      Child of Lucas Loiseau and Francoise Cure is:
      2. i. Joachim2 Loiseau, b. 28 Feb 1672/73, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1725, QC.

      Generation No. 2

      2. Joachim2 Loiseau (Lucas1) was born 28 Feb 1672/73 in Boucherville, QC, and died Aft. 1725 in QC. He married Agnes Chicoine 02 Dec 1702 in Vercheres, QC. She was born 25 Sep 1681 in Vercheres, QC, and died Aft. 1725 in QC.

      Child of Joachim Loiseau and Agnes Chicoine is:
      3. i. Jean-Joachim3 Loiseau, b. 06 Jul 1707, Boucherville, QC.

      Generation No. 3

      3. Jean-Joachim3 Loiseau (Joachim2, Lucas1) was born 06 Jul 1707 in Boucherville, QC. He married Marie-Josephe Gauthier 27 Jul 1726 in Boucherville, QC, daughter of Mathurin Gauthier and Anne Girard. She was born Aft. 1707 in QC.

      Children of Jean-Joachim Loiseau and Marie-Josephe Gauthier are:
      4. i. Theodore4 Loiseau, b. Bet. 1726 – 1748, Boucherville, QC.
      5. ii. Joseph Loiseau, b. Aft. 1726, QC.

      Generation No. 4

      4. Theodore4 Loiseau (Jean-Joachim3, Joachim2, Lucas1) was born Bet. 1726 – 1748 in Boucherville, QC. He married Marguerite Lamoureaux 13 Jan 1766. She was born Bef. 1748 in QC.

      Child of Theodore Loiseau and Marguerite Lamoureaux is:
      6. i. Jean-Baptiste5 Loiseau, b. Bet. 1766 – 1780, QC; d. Aft. 1809, QC.

      5. Joseph4 Loiseau (Jean-Joachim3, Joachim2, Lucas1) was born Aft. 1726 in QC. He married Charlotte Favreau 06 Oct 1783. She was born Aft. 1726 in QC.

      Child of Joseph Loiseau and Charlotte Favreau is:
      i. Benjamin5 Loiseau, b. 1798, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1850, QC.

      Generation No. 5

      6. Jean-Baptiste5 Loiseau (Theodore4, Jean-Joachim3, Joachim2, Lucas1) was born Bet. 1766 – 1780 in QC, and died Aft. 1809 in QC. He married Archange Paquette 17 Oct 1796. She was born Bef. 1780 in QC, and died Bef. 1809 in QC.

      Child of Jean-Baptiste Loiseau and Archange Paquette is:
      7. i. Jean Baptiste6 Loiseau, b. 1798, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1850, QC.

      Generation No. 6

      7. Jean Baptiste6 Loiseau (Jean-Baptiste5, Theodore4, Jean-Joachim3, Joachim2, Lucas1) was born 1798 in Boucherville, QC, and died Aft. 1850 in QC. He married Louise Menard 15 Nov 1836 in Boucherville, QC. She was born 1813 in Boucherville, QC, and died Aft. 1850 in QC.

      Children of Jean Loiseau and Louise Menard are:
      8. i. Toussaint7 Loiseau, b. 1836, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1900, VT.
      ii. Louise Loiseau, b. 1840, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1850, QC.
      iii. Philias Loiseau-Lucas, b. 1842, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1870, QC.
      iv. Auguste Loiseau, b. 1844, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1850, QC.
      v. Jeremie Loiseau, b. 1848, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1850.
      vi. Alphonse Loiseau, b. Aft. 1850, QC; d. Aft. 1870, QC.
      vii. Eusebe Loiseau, b. Aft. 1851, Boucherville, QC; d. Aft. 1890, QC.

      Generation No. 7

      8. Toussaint7 Loiseau (Jean Baptiste6, Jean-Baptiste5, Theodore4, Jean-Joachim3, Joachim2, Lucas1) was born 1836 in Boucherville, QC, and died Aft. 1900 in VT. He married Genevieve Fortin Aft. 1854. She was born Bef. 1839 in QC.

      Children of Toussaint Loiseau and Genevieve Fortin are:
      i. Cordelia8 Loiseau, b. Abt. 1857; d. 30 Aug 1918, St-Albans, VT; m. Julian (Jack) Richard, 17 Sep 1882, St-Albans, VT (Holy Angel’s Church); b. 1859, St-Albans, VT.
      ii. Carolyn Loiseau, b. 1876; d. 1946, VT.
      iii. Marie-Lea Loiseau, b. Bef. 1857, QC; d. Aft. 1875, VT; m. George Duquette, Oct 1875; b. 1854, QC; d. Aft. 1880, VT.

  3. Thomas Loisel Says:

    Hello, my name is Thomas Loisel, son of Thomas F. Loisel, son of Simon Loisel. My late uncle, John S. Loisel, did some research into the geneology of the family, but have misplaced the document and he has passed away… I’m trying to connect the past to the present and confirm the lineage and the timeframe of the arrival of my branch of the family on this continent. Thanks very much for this insightful blog and I hope to learn more about the Loisels in America!


    • karensinotte Says:

      What a shame to have misplaced the work that your uncle did. I believe that you are descendant of Robert Lulien Loisel that came to Acadia around 1770 and settling in Pasbebiac.

      I would be glad to help in any way.

      I haven’t looked at these notes in a while, but quickly this is what I have following your paternal connection back.

      Generation No. 1

      1. Thomas Loisel,. He was the son of 2. Thomas F Loisel.

      Generation No. 2

      2. Thomas F Loisel, born 25 Sep 1928 in Idaho; died 20 Dec 2002 in 32162 (PE). He was the son of 4. Simon Michael Loisel and 5. Lucille Claire Brunelle.

      Generation No. 3

      4. Simon Michael Loisel, born 21 Jun 1889 in Cloquet, Carlton, MN; died 20 May 1965 in Sun City, AZ. He was the son of 8. Joseph Loisel and 9. Emma Jane Carey. He married 5. Lucille Claire Brunelle Bet. 1905 – 1920 in .
      5. Lucille Claire Brunelle, born 08 Jul 1896 in Cloquet, Carlton, MN; died 09 Dec 1974 in Pheonix, Maricopa, AZ.

      Generation No. 4

      8. Joseph Loisel, born 12 Sep 1864 in Paspebiac, QC; died 31 Mar 1947 in Kootenai Co., Idaho. He was the son of 16. Simeon “Simon” Loisel and 17. Angélique Delarosbil. He married 9. Emma Jane Carey 21 Oct 1888 in Cloquet, MN.
      9. Emma Jane Carey, born 1866 in New Richmond, Canada; died 17 Jun 1949 in Portland, OR.

      Generation No. 5

      16. Simeon “Simon” Loisel, born 23 Dec 1812 in Paspébiac, Bonaventure, QC; died 31 Oct 1893 in Paspébiac, Bonaventure, QC. He was the son of 32. Andre Loisel and 33. Madeleine Lebrasseur. He married 17. Angélique Delarosbil 23 Nov 1863 in Paspebiac, Bonaventure, QC.
      17. Angélique Delarosbil, born 02 May 1836 in Paspabiac, Bonaventure, QC; died 12 Oct 1918 in Cloquet, MN.

      Generation No. 6

      32. Andre Loisel, born 17 May 1785 in Paspebiac, Bonaventure, QC; died 03 Mar 1865 in Paspebiac, QC. He was the son of 64. Robert Loisel and 65. Anne Elisabeth Roussy. He married 33. Madeleine Lebrasseur 19 Sep 1805 in Paspebiac, Bonaventure, QC.
      33. Madeleine Lebrasseur, born Abt. 1790 in ; died 25 Apr 1874 in QC. She was the daughter of 66. Mathurin LeBrasseur and 67. Catherine Therese Duguay.

      Generation No. 7

      64. Robert Loisel, born 1750 in France; died in . He was the son of 128. Robert Julien Loisel and 129. Julienne Pera-Lucas-Laval. He married 65. Anne Elisabeth Roussy 1784 in Paspébiac ou Acadie, QC.
      65. Anne Elisabeth Roussy, born 17 Aug 1773 in QC; died 13 Jul 1819 in Paspebiac, Bonaventure, QC. She was the daughter of 130. Pierre Léon Roussy and 131. Anne Chapados.

      66. Mathurin LeBrasseur, born 1739 in Port Royal, NS; died 08 Jul 1828 in Paspebiac, QC. He was the son of 132. Mathieu Lebrasseur and 133. Anne-Marie Pitre. He married 67. Catherine Therese Duguay 25 Jun 1763 in Paspebiac, QC.
      67. Catherine Therese Duguay, born 1737 in Pabos, Paspebiac, QC; died 04 Apr 1809 in Paspebiac, QC. She was the daughter of 134. Rene/Irenee Duguay and 135. Marguerite Prejean-Lebreton.

      Generation No. 8

      128. Robert Julien Loisel, born 1732 in ; died Aft. 1797 in . He married 129. Julienne Pera-Lucas-Laval Bef. 1750 in Acadie or Paspebiac region.
      129. Julienne Pera-Lucas-Laval, born 1732 in ; died Aft. 1797 in .

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  5. Mary Kay Otte Says:

    I just found this website April 2017. My Loiselle connection is Julie Odile Loiselle born 1828. She is my paternal great grandmother. .
    Her parents were Prudent Loiselle and Julie Tetreau-Ducharme married 17 Febr 1817.
    Odile married Marc Chicoine in Canada and they along with family eventually settled in Jefferson, South Dakota.
    I am overwhelmed with so many conflicted dates and the same 1st names repeated several times in each generation.
    Your blog has helped me to settle some of this confusion.
    I am stuck as to who Prudent Loiselle 1797-1857 siblings are.

    My descendants all go back to Canada, France and England. I am so grateful for the others that have translated and shared their findings along with stories etc.
    I am looking forward to see what else there is to learn about the families.

    • karensinotte Says:

      Of course aurore loiselle is to thank for all her great information about her branch od the family.

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