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The French name Cardinal has a history dating as far back as the Middle Ages. This history is intrinsically entwined with that region known as Languedoc, for it was derived from when the Cardinal family lived in Languedoc. But the name may have been of nickname origin too. In this case, it may have been given to someone who habitually wore red, the color of the vestments worn by cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Early Origins



The surname Cardinal was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat from very early times.

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Cardinal Spelling Variations


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Cardinal Spelling Variations



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 Cardinal, some of which include Cardinal, Chardinal, Cardinel, Cardonal, Cardonel, Chardonel, Cardenal, Cardenil, Cardinale, Cardinall, Cardinalle, Cardonall, Cardonale, Cardonalle, Cardonell, Cardonelle, Cardonele, Cardonnal, Chardinnal, Cardinnel, Cardonnal, Cardonnel, Cardennal, Cardennil, Cardinnale, Cardinnall, Cardinnalle, Cardonnall, Cardonnale, Cardonnalle, Cardonnell, Cardonnelle and many more.

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Cardinal Early History


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Cardinal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cardinal research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1235, 1271, and 1303 are included under the topic Early Cardinal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cardinal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cardinal Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Cardinal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cardinal Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Cardinal, aged 5, arrived in Montreal in 1659
  • Jean Cardinal, aged 1, landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Simon Cardinal, who arrived in Montreal in 1659

Cardinal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jean Cardinal married Marie-Cayer at Pointe-Claire, Québec in 1721
  • François-Marie Cardinal, son of Pierre and Marie Matou, married Thérèse Brunet, widow of J. B. Parant in 1729 at Pointe-Claire, Québec
  • Jean-Baptiste Cardinal, aged 22, son of Pierre and Madeleine César, married Louise Leclerc, daughter of Louis and Isabelle Bastien in 1738 in Montréal, Québec
  • François-Amable Cardinal, son of François and Marie-Joseph Meloche, married Marie-Joseph Labrosse, daughter of Raymond and Louise Clément in 1751 at Pointe-Claire, Québec
  • Pierre Cardinal, son of Pierre and Geneviève Faucher, married Anne Dufaut, daughter of Joseph and Anne Harel, in 1765 in Montréal, Québec

Cardinal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Cardinal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Candahar" in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cardinal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cardinal (post 1700)



  • Ralph J. Cardinal, American politician, Mayor of Malone, New York, 1935, 1938
  • Lorne Cardinal, Canadian actor
  • Brian Cardinal (b. 1977), American basketball player
  • Gil Cardinal (1950-2015), Canadian filmmaker of Métis descent
  • Mark Cardinal (b. 1961), Canadian rugby player
  • Douglas J Cardinal (b. 1934), Canadian architect
  • Tantoo Cardinal CM (b. 1950), Canadian film and television actress
  • Mike Cardinal (b. 1941), Canadian former member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

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Motto


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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: L'âme et L'honneur
Motto Translation: My Soul and Honor


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Cardinal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cardinal 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2015 at 08:51.

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