Audouin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Noble surnames, such as Audouin, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Audouin, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful region of Savoie. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Audouin family derived their surname from the name of the city of Audeville in Savoie.

Early Origins of the Audouin family

The surname Audouin was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps. The Odette variant probably originated in D'Audeville in the commune de Loiret, arrondisement of Pithiviers. [1]

Princess Odette is the White Swan, the lead ballerina role in Tchaikovsky's famous Swan Lake.

Nicolas Audet travelled from France to Canada around the middle of the 17th century. He worked as a porter for Mgr. de Laval. After settling in Quebec he married Madeleine Despres on 15th September 1670. They had twelve children and remained together in Quebec until Nicolas passed away at l'île-d'Orléans in 1700. [2]

Early History of the Audouin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Audouin research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1344, 1438, and 1808 are included under the topic Early Audouin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Audouin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Audet, Audey, Auday, Audé, Audaie, Audais, Auddet, Auddey, Audday, Auddé, Auddaie, Auddais, Odet, Oday, Odé, Odaie, Odais, Oddey, Oddet, Odday, Oddé, Oddaie and many more.

Early Notables of the Audouin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Audouin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Audouin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Audouin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Louis Audouin, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 23rd April 1642 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Audouin (post 1700) +

  • Jean Victor Audouin (1797-1841), French entomologist and naturalist


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/


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