Corriveau Surname History

The surname Corriveau is an ancient French name from the province of Champagne. It is thought to be derived from a pre-Latin word "caravu," which meant "rocky place."

Early Origins of the Corriveau family

The surname Corriveau was first found in Champagne.

Gilles Corroret was from a family of haberdashers (boutique owners) and became a tour guide, leading foreigners around Paris during the sixteenth century.

Étienne Corriveau, born in 1643, son of François and Marguerite (née Besnard), settled in New France in the 17th century. He married Catherine Bureau, born in 1651, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite (née Verrier), at Sainte-Famille on 28th October 1669. They settled together in Quebec until Étienne's death around 1695. [1]

Important Dates for the Corriveau family

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Corriveau Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Corriveau include Corriveau, Corrivault, Corrivaux, Corroy, Corroyer, Corrier, Corriez, Corrège, Courrèges, Corrigier, Corrèges, Correnson, Corret, Corrette, Corette and many more.

Early Notables of the Corriveau family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family during this period was Thomas-Olivier Corret, who was a Jesuit in 1703 and was employed as a preacher. A Corrette was a composer in Rouen and in 1726 became an organist at Ste-Marie-Madeleine then the following year was the organist for the great priest of France. He published many pieces for the viola or flute, and the violin, masses and motets, and methods for flute and viola, harpsichord, voice, and violin. Ferdinand Corrèges was a sketcher and engraver in 1844. He studied...
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Corriveau migration to the United States

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 Corriveau were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Corriveau were

Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Corriveau, who married François Gabory at St. Michel on Oct 19, 1693
Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Corriveau, was on record in America in 1763 as a British Deportee
Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Malvian Corriveau, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1894
Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph C. Corriveau, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Lucile Corriveau, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1913
  • Wilfrid Corriveau, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923

Corriveau migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Marguerite Corriveau, who was married in Quebec in 1650
  • Etienne Corriveau, who was married in 1669 in Sainte-Famille
  • Etienne Corriveau, son of Françoise and Marguerite, married Catherine Bureau, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 28th October 1669 [2]
  • Jacques Corriveau, son of Etienne and Catherine, married Françoise Gabory, daughter of Louis and Nicolas, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 19th October 1693 [2]
Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Etienne Corriveau, son of Etienne and Catherine, married Louise-Françoise Gaboury, daughter of Louis and Nicolas, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 26th August 1700 [2]
  • Pierre Corriveau, who married Anne Gaboury in Saint-Michel on Feb. 6, 1702
  • Guillaume Corriveau, son of Etienne and Catherine, married Marie-Françoise Rémillard, daughter of François and Anne, in Saint-Michel, Quebec on 10th November 1709 [2]
  • Jacques Corriveau, son of Jacques and Françoise, married Marie Buteau, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Saint-Vallier, Quebec on 7th October 1724 [2]
  • Joseph Corriveau, son of Pierre and Anne, married Marie-Françoise Bolduc, daughter of René and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Joachim, Quebec on 2nd November 1728 [2]
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Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Phileas Corriveau, aged 49, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Corriveau (post 1700)

  • David Corriveau (1952-2015), American co-founder of Dave & Buster's (D&B), an American restaurant and entertainment business in 1982
  • Katia Corriveau (b. 1979), Canadian actress
  • Léopold Corriveau (b. 1926), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • John Dennis Corriveau OFM Cap (b. 1941), Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, sixth and current Bishop of Nelson
  • François Corriveau (b. 1969), Canadian politician in Quebec
  • Fred André Corriveau (1928-1993), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey forward for the Montreal Canadiens
  • André Corriveau, Canadian Gemini Award and two-time Genie Award winning film editor and director
  • André Corriveau, Canadian administrator and general director of the Caisse Populaire Riviera since 1974 who lives in Tracy, Quebec
  • Jacques Corriveau, Quebec businessperson, owner of Pluri Design Canada Inc
  • Yvon Rene Corriveau (b. 1967), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
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