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

The history of the Mycheaux 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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Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Mycheaux some of which are 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 Mycheaux 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 Mycheaux History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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, Acadia 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. 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 Mycheaux were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mycheaux were Jean-Baptiste Michau who settled in Quebec in 1697; Joseph Michaud settled in Quebec in 1702; F. Michaud, aged 31; settled in New Orleans in 1823; J. F. Michaud, aged 44.

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