Barbou History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Barbou dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Brittany. It is derived from their residence in Barbeau, a place in the province of Brittany (French: Bretagne).
Early Origins of the Barbou family
The surname Barbou was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat from ancient times.
The family prospered and grew and eventually a branch of the family formed in England with which Brittany was aligned. During the 15th and 16th centuries, after the reunion of Brittany with France, the family branched into Provence and Lorraine. In Lorraine, they held a family seat at Augueville where they are recorded with lands, estates, and manors on the 7th of February in 1553.
André Barbeau was born in 1641 in Vendée, France. He travelled to the New World in 1662 and after arriving in Canada he married Marie Jaudon on 12th August 1669. After his first wife passed away, André remarried to Marie Gagne in 1686. They settled in Charlesbourg, Quebec until the time André's death on 29th September 1699. 
Early History of the Barbou family
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Barbou 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, Barbou some of which are Barbeau, Barbeaux, Barbbeau, Barbbeaux, de Barbeau, DeBarbeau, De Barbeau and many more.
Early Notables of the Barbou family (pre 1700)
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Barbou migration to the United States +
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and 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, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Barbou were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Barbou were
Barbou Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- André Barbou, son of Adrien and Cathrine Moquet, who married, in 1716, Marie Fouchard, daughter of Jean and Anthoinette Bertram
Contemporary Notables of the name Barbou (post 1700) +
- Gabriel Barbou des Courières, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 
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