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

The surname Cordeau is a name whose history is connected to ancient Normandy. The name is derived from when the Cordeau family once lived in Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Cordeau include Corde, Cordes, Cordé, Cordet, Cordette, Cordey, de Cordey, des Cordey, Corday, de Corday, Cordié, Cordier, Lecordier, Cordeau, Cordeaux, Cordot, Cordaud, Cordauld, Cordaut, Cordault, Cordaux, Cordaulx, Cordau, Cordel, Cordelle, Cordelet and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordeau research. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1768, 1793, 1592, 1650, 1380, 1440, 1480, 1564, 1777 and 1861 are included under the topic Early Cordeau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cordeau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. 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 Cordeau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Cordeau were

Cordeau Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Hester Cordeau, who landed in Maryland in 1674

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The Cordeau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cordeau 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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