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

The prestigious French surname Renaud is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. Many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The French Renaud surname comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel" and "wald," or "rule."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Renault, Renauld, Renaut, Renau, De Renault, de Renault, De Renaud, de Renauld, Renaud, Des Renaud, des Renaud and many more.

First found in Lorraine where they held a family seat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renaud research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1568, 1581, 1591, 1606, 1624, 1652, 1662, 1701, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Renaud History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Renaud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renaud Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Renaud, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jean Renaud, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jacques Renaud, aged 27, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785

Renaud Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Adolph Renaud, aged 29, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Claude F S Renaud, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Edmand Renaud, who arrived in Iowa in 1853-1860
  • Eingenus Renaud, who landed in Iowa in 1853-1860
  • Jacob Renaud, who landed in Iowa in 1853-1860


Renaud Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Alphonse Renaud, aged 29, who landed in America from Paris, in 1901
  • Alfred Renaud, aged 46, who settled in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Elise Renaud, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Eugene J. Renaud, aged 44, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Elisa Renaud, aged 39, who settled in America from France, in 1907


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  • Madame Madeleine Renaud (1900-1994), French Actress and officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Francis Renaud (1887-1973), French sculptor, Known his granite memorials in Brittany
  • Francis Renaud (b. 1967), French film and television actor
  • Louis Renaud (1818-1878), Quebec businessman and political figure, member of the Senate of Canada
  • Auguste Renaud (1835-1897), Canadian (New Brunswick) farmer and political figure, who was the first Acadian elected to the Canadian House of Commons
  • Major-General Ernest James Renaud (1890-1967), Canadian General Officer Commanding Quebec Command


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