The history of the Barreault family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy
. Barreault is a habitation name, derived from the place name Barrault, in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Barreault family
The surname Barreault 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 Barreault family
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Barreault Spelling Variations
The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local
dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Barreault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name 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 Barreault family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Barreault family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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. By the same year 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 Barreault 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 Barreault were Jean Barrette who settled in Quebec from Normandy
in 1661; Guillaume Barrette, who settled in Quebec from Normandy
in 1662; Andris Barret, who arrived in New York in 1710.
The Barreault 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.