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Where did the French Barbeau family come from? What is the French Barbeau family crest and coat of arms? When did the Barbeau family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Barbeau family history?

The name Barbeau dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Brittany. It is derived from their residence in Barbeau, a place in the province of Brittany.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Barbeau, some of which include Barbeau, Barbeaux, Barbbeau, Barbbeaux, de Barbeau, DeBarbeau, De Barbeau and many more.

First found in Brittany where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barbeau research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1553, 1696, 1698, and 1763 are included under the topic Early Barbeau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Barbeau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Barbeau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Barbeau were

Barbeau Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Joseph Barbeau who married Elisabeth Charbonneau in 1690

Barbeau Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Guillaume Barbeau, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • Michel Barbeau who married Suzanne Chartrand in 1723 in Coron
  • Jacques Barbeau who married Louise Paquet in 1738

Barbeau Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • E.J. Barbeau, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Laure Barbeau, aged 47, who landed in America, in 1894
  • Mrs Barbeau, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1894
  • Martin L. Barbeau, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Thomas Barbeau, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1896


Barbeau Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Louise Barbeau, aged 69, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1906
  • Isabel Barbeau, aged 27, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Louis Barbeau, aged 51, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Andre Barbeau, aged 17, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Gabriel Barbeau, aged 56, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1923

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  • Adrienne Jo Barbeau (b. 1945), American television, film, and musical theater actress
  • Victor Barbeau (1896-1994), Quebec writer and academic, Professor at HEC Montréal (1925-1963)
  • André Barbeau (1931-1986), French Canadian neurologist, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1980
  • Charles Marius Barbeau (1883-1969), Canadian Rhodes Scholar, ethnographer, and folklorist, considered a founder of Canadian anthropology


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The Barbeau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Barbeau Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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