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

The Gagne surname is thought to come from the Old French word "gagner," which meant "to till" or "cultivate" the land. A such, the name Gagne was likely originally an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagne, Gagnes, Gane, Gaine, Gaigne, Geigne, Geygne, Gaygne, De Gagne, De Gagnes, DesGagne, Des Gagne, Desgagne, desGagne, Gagny, Gagnay, Gagnais, Gagney, Gagneais, Gagnet, Gagnau, Gaigne, Gaignet, Gaigney, Gaigny and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagne research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1576, 1579, 1611, 1645, 1674, 1675, 1685, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gagne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gagne Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Baptiste Gagne, who came to South Carolina in 1763 with his wife and their three children
  • Jean Baptiste Gagne, who landed in South Carolina in 1763

Gagne Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Gagne, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1821
  • Louis Gagne, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • Louis Gagne who settled in New Orleans in 1821


  • Robert Mills Gagne (1916-2002), American educational psychologist
  • Robert Mills Gagné (1916-2002), American educational psychologist, President of the American Educational Research Association (1970-1971)
  • Etienne-Paulin Gagne (1808-1876), French poet, essayist, lawyer, politician, inventor, and eccentric
  • Éric Gagné (b. 1976), Canadian former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Simon Gagné (b. 1980), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player from Quebec
  • Michel Gagné (b. 1965), Canadian cartoonist


  • Genealogy of the French-Canadian Family Lines of Papineau, Dontigny-Lucas, Gaudin (Godin), Gagne by Dorothy May Knudsen Chandler.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Recalcitrantem Cogo
Motto Translation: Stron force


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

This page was last modified on 13 June 2014 at 16:36.

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