Show ContentsArnaud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French surname Arnaud first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from the family having lived in Arnaud, a village and seigneury in Languedoc, in the south of France. Habitation surnames are names derived from already existing place-names.

Early Origins of the Arnaud family

The surname Arnaud was first found in Languedoc where they held a family seat in the village and seigneur of Arnaud in the department of Haute Garonne, canton of St.Martory, arrondisement of Saint-Guadens.

Early History of the Arnaud family

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Arnaud Spelling Variations

Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Arnaud some of which are Ardnaud, D'Arnaud, Denaurd, Darnaud, Danaud, Arnauld, Darnauld, D'Arnauld, d'Arnaud, d'Arnaud, Saint-Arnaud, St-Arnaud, Arnault, Darnault, D'Arnault, Arnaude, Arnoult, Darnoult, D'Arnoult, Arnoux, Darnoux, D'Arnoux, Arnould, Arneault, D'Arnould, Darnould, Darnaude, Arnaux, Arnau, D'Arnau, Darnau, Darnaux and many more.

Early Notables of the Arnaud family

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Henri Arnauld (1597-1692), a French Catholic bishop, he was offered the Bishopric of Périgueux, but accepted the see of Angers (1650); Robert Arnauld d’Andilly (1589-1674), a French conseiller d’État, specialising in financial questions, in the...
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Arnaud Ranking

In France, the name Arnaud is the 84th most popular surname with an estimated 31,613 people with that name. [1]

United States Arnaud migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec, in 1663 there were only 500, 2,000 migrants arrived 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 migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many distinguished contributions have been made by members of this family name Arnaud. It has been prominent in the arts, religion, politics and culture in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Arnaud were

Arnaud Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Andre Arnaud, who settled in New York State in 1683
  • Andre Arnaud, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1683 [2]
Arnaud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Isaac Arnaud and his wife settled in Virginia in 1700
  • Isaac Arnaud, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [2]
Arnaud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacques Arnaud, who landed in Louisiana in 1805 [2]
  • Jacinto Arnaud, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • Julie Arnaud, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • Charles Arnaud, who landed in New York in 1819 [2]
  • J.D.L. Arnaud, who settled in New Orleans in 1823

Canada Arnaud migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Arnaud Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Arnaud, aged 45, who arrived in Quebec in 1667
  • Mr. Pierre Arnaud, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 12th April 1667 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Arnaud (post 1700) +

  • Davy Arnaud (b. 1980), American soccer player
  • Georges-Jean Arnaud (1928-2020), French multiple award winning author
  • Yann Arnaud (1980-2018), French Cirque du Soleil acrobat; he died after falling during a performance of Volta
  • Dominique Arnaud (1955-2016), French racing cyclist who rode in eleven editions of the Tour de France
  • Jean-Baptiste Arnaud, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Antoine Arnaud, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Michel Arnaud (1915-1990), French General, decorated with the Ordre de la Libération and made Grand Officier de la Légion d'honneur
  • Henri Arnaud (1641-1721), French pastor
  • Gordon Arnaud Winter OC (1912-2003), Canadian politician, the 6th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland from 1974 to 1981
  • Arnaud Bédat (1965-2023), Swiss journalist and author who worked for L'Illustré

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Achilles Arnaud, American Fireman Third Class from Louisiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  4. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean-Baptiste Arnaud. Retrieved from
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Antoine Arnaud. Retrieved from
  6. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook