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

The history of the Michau name began during the Middle Ages in a region once known as Languedoc. The French name is derived from the ancient given name Michael, meaning one who is like God.

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The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Michau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Micheaux, Micheau, Michau, Michaud, Michaux, Michault, Micheault, Michoult, Micho, Michot, Michos, Mycheaux, Mycheau, Mychau, Mychaux, Des Micheaux, Des Mycheaux, Mychaud, Des Michaux and many more.

First found in Languedoc where this renowned family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michau research. Another 707 words(50 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1500, 1509, 1550, 1603, 1635, 1650, 1700, 1739, 1800, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Michau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Michau 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 Michau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Michau were

Michau Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean Michau, aged 18, landed in Louisiana in 1719

Michau Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Michau, aged 32, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • T Michau, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1856

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