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Where did the French Theriault family come from? When did the Theriault family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Theriault family history?


The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Theriault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Théry, Thery, Téry, Tery, Terry, Thérieau, Therieau, Térieau, Terieau, Terrieau, Thériau, Theriau, Tériau, Teriau, Terriau, Thériaud, Theriaud, Tériaud, Teriaud, Terriaud, Thériaut, Theriaut, Tériaut, Terriaut, Therriault and many more.

First found in Champagne, where this illustrious family was established in early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theriault research. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1514, 1669, 1696, 1714, 1720, 1739, 1763, 1772, 1780, 1795, 1805, 1812, 1813, 1816, 1856, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Theriault History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 126 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Theriault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Theriault 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 Theriault were

Theriault Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Antoine Theriault, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Marie Theriault, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Susan Theriault, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768

Theriault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Theriault, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • J. A. Theriault, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Alf Theriault, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Conrad Theriault, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Arthur Theriault, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1921

Theriault Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Theriault, aged 46, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1920


  • Charles Kenneth Theriault, American politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (2006-2014)
  • Bernard Thériault (b. 1955), Canadian politician, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs (1998-1999)
  • Camille Henri Thériault (b. 1955), Canadian politician, 29th Premier of New Brunswick (1998-1999)
  • Denis Thériault (b. 1959), Canadian writer
  • Eric Thériault (b. 1967), Canadian comic-book artist and writer
  • Gérard Charles Édouard Thériault (1932-1998), Canadian politician, Chief of the Defence Staff from 1983 to 1986
  • Lévite Thériault (1837-1896), Canadian land owner and politician who represented Victoria County (1868 to 1874) and Madawaska County (1874 to 1882) and (1886 to 1894) in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick
  • Lise Thériault (b. 1966), Canadian politician, MNA for Anjou-Louis-Riel (2002-)
  • Milaine Thériault (b. 1973), Canadian skier
  • Norbert Thériault (b. 1921), Canadian politician, New Brunswick Liberal Party President (1971-1977)




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