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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gelinas, Gellinas, Gélinas, Gelinat, Gélinat, Gelinet, Gélinet, Geline, Géline, Gelin, Gellin, Gélin, Gelinier, Gélinier, Gelineau, Gelineaux, Gélineau, Gélineaux, Gelinaud and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family was established in early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gelinas research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1764, 1802, 1828, and 1881 are included under the topic Early Gelinas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gelinas 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: Jean Gelinas, originally from Pons in Charente-Maritime, who settled in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, in Quebec, where he married Françoise de Charmesnil. Étienne Gelinas, originally of Saintonge in Poitou was a valorous pioneer, who settled in Quebec, where he married for a second time. With Marie Beauregard, he had two sons, Jean-Baptiste and Louis. Pierre Gélinas married Geneviève Carbonneau in Yamachiche in 1731. P. Gelinet, aged 33.

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  • Gratien Gélinas (1908-1997), Canadian actor, playwright and producer from Quebec


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  1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  2. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Gelinas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gelinas 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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