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Bareau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the Bareau family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy. Bareau is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Bareau family


The surname Bareau was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the village of Charente in the arrondissement de Chatelle Rault.

Early History of the Bareau family


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Bareau 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, Bareau some of which are Baratte, Barate, Barat, Barrat, Barat, Baraud, Barraud, Barrault, Barault, Bareau, Barreau, Barau, Barrau, Barou, Barrou, Barot, Barrot, Barott, Barrott, Barrotte, Barotte, Barratt, Barrat, Baratt, Barre, Barry, Barrett, Barrette, Barret, Barett, Barrit, Barritt, Barritte, Barre and many more.

Early Notables of the Bareau family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bareau family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bareau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Pierre Bareau, who landed in Montreal in 1653

Bareau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Bareau, aged 22, who arrived in Quebec in 1702

The Bareau Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pour bien desirer
Motto Translation: For wishing well.


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