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Where did the French Benoit family come from? What is the French Benoit family crest and coat of arms? When did the Benoit family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Benoit family history?

The name Benoit has been included within French history since the early portion of the Middle Ages. This Languedoc name is derived from remembrance of St. Benoit d'Aniane, who lived from 750 to 821.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Benoit, some of which include Benoît, Benoit, Benois, Benoie, Benoi, Benoy, Benoyt, Benoyte, Benoye, Benoys, Bennoît, Bennoit, Bennois, Bennoie, Bennoi, Bennoy, Bennoyt, Bennoyte, Bennoye, Bennoys, Benoitt, Bennoitte, De Benoît, De Benois, De Benoiste, De Bennoist and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Benoit research. Another 505 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1400, 1582, and 1618 are included under the topic Early Benoit History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 49 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Benoit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. 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, the Acadians 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 Benoit were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Benoit were

Benoit Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jacques Benoît, who settled with his wife, Sara Mounie and son, Jean, in Carolina in 1695

Benoit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Claude Benoit, who landed in Massachusetts in 1757
  • Margaret Benoit, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763
  • Margueritte Benoit, aged 32, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Marie Benoit, aged 48, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Marie Marthe Benoit, aged 40, arrived in New Orleans, LA in 1785


Benoit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Delphine Benoit, who landed in Colorado in 1883
  • Georgianne Benoit, who arrived in Colorado in 1883

Benoit Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Georgianna Benoit, who landed in Colorado in 1906

Benoit Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Laurent Benoit, aged 18, landed in Canada in 1657
  • Jean Benoit, who arrived in Canada in 1664

Benoit Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • François Benoît, son of François Benoît and Angélique Chagnon, married Catherine Fontaine, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite Gentès, in Québec in 1730
  • Marc-Antoine Benoît, son of Pierre Benoît and Barbe Belt-Gazaille, married Jeanne Emery, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie Meunier, in Québec in 1749
  • Eleanor Benoit, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Francois Benoit, who landed in Quebec in 1766
  • Godefroit Benoit, who arrived in Quebec in 1766


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  • David Benoit (b. 1953), American five-time Grammy nominated jazz keyboardist
  • Nancy Elizabeth Benoit (1964-2007), American professional wrestling valet and manager
  • Pierre Benoit (1886-1962), French novelist and member of the Académie française
  • Antoine Benoît, French Priest and Legislator
  • Peter Benoit (1834-1901), Belgian composer and a music teacher
  • Pierre Basile Benoit, Canadian farmer and Quebec politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Leon Earl Benoit (b. 1950), Canadian politician, member of the House of Parliament
  • Pierre Benoit (b. 1939), Canadian lawyer and politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1972-1974)
  • Avril Benoît, Canadian broadcaster
  • Christopher Michael "Chris" Benoit (1967-2007), Canadian professional wrestler

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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: Benefacientes benedicti
Motto Translation: Blessed be doing well

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  10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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The Benoit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Benoit Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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