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

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Gagnon first began in medieval France. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Gagnon family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Gagnon was an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator. Interestingly, the name Gagnon was derived from the Old French word "gagneau," which means to "till" or "cultivate."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagnon, Gagnont, Gagnent, Gagnen, Gagnanc and many more.

First found in Bourgogne in the Franche-Comté where this family held a family seat from ancient times in the department of de Saône-et-Loire in the arrondisement of Charolles.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagnon research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Gagnon History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gagnon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Francois Gagnon, who landed in Iroquois County, iii in 1884


  • René Arthur Gagnon (1925-1979), American Marine who helped raise the US flag in the famous World War II photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
  • Jean-René Gagnon, Associate Vice-President, Public Affairs, Gervais Gagnon Frenette and Associates
  • André Gagnon OC (b. 1939), French-Canadian musician and composer
  • André Phillipe Gagnon, French-Canadian Impersonator
  • Clarence Alphonse Gagnon, Canadian artist
  • Vincent Gagnon (b. 1981), Canadian seven-time bronze medalist racquetball player from Montréal, Québec
  • Marc Gagnon (b. 1975), French Canadian short track speed skater, four-time Overall World Champion for 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998
  • Jean "Black Cat" Gagnon (1905-1984), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
  • Ernest Gagnon (1834-1915), Canadian folklorist, composer, and organist
  • Henri Gagnon (1887-1961), Canadian composer, organist, and music educator



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