The French name Cardonnal has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. This history is intrinsically entwined with that region known as Languedoc
, for it was derived from when the Cardonnal family lived in Languedoc
. But the name may have been of nickname
origin too. In this case, it may have been given to someone who habitually wore red, the color of the vestments worn by cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church.
Early Origins of the Cardonnal family
The surname Cardonnal was first found in Languedoc
, where the family held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Cardonnal family
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Cardonnal Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cardonnal is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Cardinal, Chardinal, Cardinel, Cardonal, Cardonel, Chardonel, Cardenal, Cardenil, Cardinale, Cardinall, Cardinalle, Cardonall, Cardonale, Cardonalle, Cardonell, Cardonelle, Cardonele, Cardonnal, Chardinnal, Cardinnel, Cardonnal, Cardonnel, Cardennal, Cardennil, Cardinnale, Cardinnall, Cardinnalle, Cardonnall, Cardonnale, Cardonnalle, Cardonnell, Cardonnelle and many more.
Early Notables of the Cardonnal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cardonnal family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Cardonnal 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 Cardonnal were Thomas Cardinall settled in America in 1754; Jean Cardinal married Marie-Cayer at Pointe-Claire, Québec in 1721; François-Marie Cardinal, son of Pierre and Marie Matou, married Thé.
The Cardonnal Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: L'âme et L'honneur
Motto Translation: My Soul and Honor
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