Archambeault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Archambeault surname is derived from a personal name, which derives from the Latin "Arcambaldus". According to etymologists, this personal name is in turn derived from the ancient Germanic elements "Ercan", meaning "precious", and "bald", meaning "bold" and "daring". [1]

Early Origins of the Archambeault family

The surname Archambeault was first found in Limousin, situated in the north-western part of the Massif-Central where one can trace the origin of this eminent family settled with lands and seats.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance some members of the family distinguished themselves through many contributions to the community and province in which they held a family seat, and some were granted certain privileges, land and a place amongst the French nobility. Through the years, some of the members branched to Orleans and south of Paris. Thus the province of Burgundy has been the seat of the eminent family of the Archambault de Beaunes for several centuries.

There is evidence of the family later branching northwards, under the name of Archambault, as the name can be found today in the Parisian region as well as in the former province of Orléanais, located around the middle of Loire. This was part of the Royal domain since the 10th century, and which was to be annexed to the French crown in the middle of the 15th century. The noble family of Archimbaud also settled in the province of Provence, located in the South of France.

Early History of the Archambeault family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Archambeault research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1242 is included under the topic Early Archambeault History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Archambeault Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Archambeault, including Archambault, Archambaut, Archambeault, Archambeau, Archambeaux, Archambau, Archambaux, Archambot, Archambod, Archambode, Archambold, Archambolde, Archambote, Archambolt, Archambolte, Archambauld, Archambaulde, Archambaud, Archambaude, Archambaute, d'Archambault, d'Archambaut, d'Archambeault and many more.

Early Notables of the Archambeault family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Archambeault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Archambeault migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Archambeault surname were

Archambeault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Horace Archambeault, aged 56, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1913
  • Jean Batiste Archambeault, aged 44, who settled in America from Brussels, Belgium, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Archambeault (post 1700) +

  • Alexandre-Amable Archambeault (1829-1897), birth name of Alexandre Archambault, Canadian lawyer and politician who represented L'Assomption in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada from 1861 to 1863, brother Pierre-Urgel Archambault
  • Laurier André "Larry Andrew" Archambeault (1919-1981), Canadian professional ice hockey player who played from 1938 to 1953
  • Joseph-Alfred Archambeault (1859-1913), Canadian Roman Catholic priest, the first bishop of Joliette, Quebec
  • Sir Horace Archambeault (1857-1918), Canadian politician and jurist, Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Repentigny (1888-1908), son of Louis Archambeault
  • Louis Archambeault (1814-1890), Canadian notary and politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons for L'Assomption (1867-1874)


  1. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.


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