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

Noble surnames, such as Coutu, evoke images of the ancient province of Bourbonnais, which was the most central of all the French Provinces. The original bearer of the name Coutu, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of France. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Coutu family originally lived in a village in Bourbonnais.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Coutu, Coutin, Coutinet, Coutet, Couttet, Couton, Couthon, Coutou, Coutout, Coutouly, Coutisson, Cotin, Cotet, Coton, Cot, Cotard, Cottard, Coutil, Couture and many more.

First found in Bourbonnais, a historic province in the centre of France, now part of the modern département of Allier and Cher.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coutu research. Another 91 words(6 lines of text) covering the years 1443, 1632, 1634, 1730, 1732, 1750, 1790, 1791, 1815, 1837, 1848, 1868, and 1876 are included under the topic Early Coutu History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 167 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coutu Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 200 individuals of the lineage who arrived from France onto Canadian shores between 1600 and 1900. Among these, Etienne Coutu was married in 1733 in Lavaltrie.

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  • Brandon Coutu (b. 1984), American football placekicker
  • Taylor Leon Coutu (b. 1987), American professional LPGA golfer
  • Wilfrid "Billy" Arthur Coutu (1892-1978), professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Jean Coutu (1925-1999), Canadian actor
  • Jean Coutu (b. 1927), Canadian pharmacist and businessman, founder of the Jean Coutu Group, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993
  • Raymond John "Jack" Coutu ARE, ARCA (b. 1924), English printmaker, sculptor, etcher, engraver, carver, watercolourist and teacher


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