Barreau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Barreau research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barreau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Barreau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Barreau migration to Canada +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Barreau has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Barreau 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 [1]

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.


  1. ^ 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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