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

The history of the Michaud 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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Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Michaud, including 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 Michaud 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 Michaud History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Michaud has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Michaud were

Michaud Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Honoré Michaud settled in Carolina in 1695
  • Pierre Michaud settled in Carolina with his wife, Sara, his brother, Abraham, and his sister-in-law, Ester, in 1695

Michaud Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Jean-Jacques Michaud, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Jean-Jacques Michaud settled in Pennsylvania with his wife and five children in 1751

Michaud Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Michaud settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • J. F. Michaud, aged 44, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • M. Michaud, aged 23, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • F. Michaud, aged 31, settled in New Orleans in 1823

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  • Fritz Michaud, American record producer and musician
  • Ronald Michaud, American cartoonist, two-time recipient of the National Cartoonist Society Advertising and Illustration Award
  • Michael Herman Michaud (1955-2003), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's 2nd district (2003-)
  • Joseph François Michaud (1767-1839), French historian and publicist
  • Louis André Gaspard Michaud (1795-1880), French malacologist who named 23 genera and 225 species
  • Joseph-Enoil Michaud (1888-1967), Canadian politician
  • Élaine Michaud (b. 1985), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier (2011-)
  • Olivier Michaud (b. 1983), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens


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