Carau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The French name Carau first arose during the Medieval period in Normandy. It is derived from when the family having lived at Cairon in Calvados, which was in Normandy.
Early Origins of the Carau family
The surname Carau was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the seigneurie of Cairon in Calvados, in the arrondissement of Caen, in the canton of Creully. Guillaume de Caron is the first on record, living in 1086 and Eudo, his father, is mentioned as living in Cairon at some unknown time before him. Cairon is located 15 kilometers southeast of Ryes.
Robert Caron settled in Beaupré and married Marie Crevet in Quebec on 25th October 1637. Together they had seven children to carry on the family name of Caron. Robert died on 8th July 1656. 
Important Dates for the Carau family
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Carau Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Caron, Cairon, Carron, Carone, Caronne, Carot, Caraud, Careau, Carreau, Carow, Carou, Carrou, Carous, Carrous, Caroux, Charon, Charron, Charone, Charonne, Charou, Charous, Charoux, Le Caron, Lecaron, Lecharon and many more.
Early Notables of the Carau family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Sir Caron de Bosdegas, French knight who fought at the Combat of the Thirty, March 26th 1351; Raymond Caron (1605-1666), an Irish Franciscan friar and author; Firminus Caron (fl.1460-1475), French Renaissance composer; Antoine Caron (1521-1599), French master glass maker, illustrator; François Caron (1600-1673), French Huguenot refugee to the Netherlands who served the Dutch East India Company, he rose from a cabin boy to be Director-General at Batavia recipient of the Order of St. Michael in 1672...
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Migration of the Carau family
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Carau has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Carau were Eric Charron, hockey player, Montreal Canadiens; Robert Caron, who settled on the Coast of Beaupré in Quebec in 1636; and married Marie Crevet in 1637.
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print