The history of the Barreau family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy
. Barreau is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Barreau family
The surname Barreau 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 Barreau family
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Barreau Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Barreau include 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 Barreau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barreau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Barreau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Mr. Simon Barreau, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jérôme Le Royer, arriving on 20th April 1644 CITATION[CLOSE]
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/
Contemporary Notables of the name Barreau (post 1700)
- Gisèle Barreau (b. 1948), French composer
- Gaston Barreau (1883-1958), French footballer and coach
- Andre Barreau, English musician, former member of The Bootleg Beatles
The Barreau 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.