Badeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Badeau name begins in the Middle Ages in the northern coastal region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family resided in Bretagne, where the family held a family seat since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Badeau family

The surname Badeau was first found in Brittany (Bretagne) where the family held a family seat in early times. [1]

Alain Bedel, a knight, is mentioned in historic documents. The members of the different branches of the family became the lords of la Reignerais, in the diocese of Saint-Brieuc, and the lords of Lairye and of Tertre, in the region of Vannes. The branch Bedel reaffirmed its title to nobility in the year 1666 in Normandy. [1]

Isaac Bedard, born in 1616, was a carpenter that travelled from France to Canada on 1st May 1662 along with his wife, Marie (née Girard). Together they had three children, two of which were sons, Louis and Jacques, that carried on the family name of Bedard. Isaac died in Charlesbourg, Quebec and was buried on 15th January 1689. [2]

Early History of the Badeau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Badeau research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1666, 1804, 1810, 1847, and 1863 are included under the topic Early Badeau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Badeau Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Badeau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Bédel, Bedel, Bedeau, Bedaux, Bedaud, Bédard, Bedard, Bédat, Bedat, Bédarieux, Bédarrieux, Bédarride, Bédarridat, Dubédel, Dubedel, Dubedeau, Dubedaux, Dubedaud, Dubedat and many more.

Early Notables of the Badeau family (pre 1700)

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United States Badeau migration to the United States +

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 Badeau 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 Badeau were

Badeau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Claude Badeau, who arrived in New York, NY in 1697 [3]
  • Elie Badeau, who landed in New York, NY in 1698 [3]

Canada Badeau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Badeau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jacques Badeau of La Rochelle, who married Anne Ardouin of La Rochelle, in Quebec in 1630 [4]
  • Jacques Badeau, who arrived in Canada in 1647
  • Jean Badeau, son of Jacques and Anne, who married Marguerite Chalifour, daughter of Paul-Charles and Jacquette, in Quebec on 28th October 1665 [4]
  • Jean Badeau, son of Jean and Marguerite, who married Françoise Le Roy, daughter of Madeleine, in Charlesbourg, Quebec on 19th October 1693 [4]
  • Fabien Badeau, son of Jean and Marguerite, who married Marie-Anne Corbin, daughter of David and Marie, in Quebec on 12th November 1698 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Badeau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jean Badeau, son of Jean and Marguerite, who married Catherine L'Archeveque, daughter of Jean and Marie-Anne, in Quebec on 12th July 1700 [4]
  • Jean-Jacques Badeau, son of Jean and Françoise, who married Angélique Corriveau, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in Quebec on 1st August 1725 [4]
  • Jacques-Fabien Badeau, son of Fabien and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Thérèse Lemarié, daughter of Antoine and Thérèse, in Quebec on 4th November 1728 [4]
  • Charles Badeau, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Catherine Loisy, daughter of Étienne and Angélique-Félicité, in Quebec on 7th January 1738 [4]
  • Pierre Badeau, son of Jean and Catherine, who married Angélique Lamotte, daughter of Pierre and Charlotte, in Quebec on 1st September 1749 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Badeau (post 1700) +

  • John Stothoff Badeau (1903-1995), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to United Arab Republic, 1961-64. Christian Reformed; Later Presbyterian
  • Benjamin B. Badeau, American Republican politician, Mayor of New Rochelle, New York, 1926-29
  • Albert Badeau, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1872


  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.
  2. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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