Cardons History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Cardons dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence in Normandy at Chardon.
Early Origins of the Cardons family
The surname Cardons was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family has held a family seat since ancient times.
The first record of the family was in 1285 when the Count of Brioude is recorded. Guillaume de Chardon is registered as a taxpayer in 1329 and Pierre de Chardon, Priest, Titular of the vicarage of Saint-Amand, and founder of the Saint-Agrève Church in the town of Puy, is recorded in 1385. Due to his dedication to matters of the society in which he lived, Pierre de Chardon, in 1435, was one of eight notable inhabitants to whom the Baron of Allègre gave the right to build a public building in the fortified castle of Allègre in the event of a siege.
By the 15th century the family was well established in the region of Monlet and several members of the family made a distinctive contribution toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles, and letters patent confirming their nobility. 
Early History of the Cardons family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cardons research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1683, 1650, 1700, 1643, 1713, 1747, 1805 and 1751 are included under the topic Early Cardons History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cardons Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Cardons is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Chardon, Chardant, Chardont, Chardons, Cardon, Cardan, Cardont, Cardant, Cardons, Chardantes, Chardontes, Carrdon, Cardans, Chardonts, Cardone, Cardond, Chardone, Chardones, Charrdon, Cartond, Carrdons and many more.
Early Notables of the Cardons family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Antoine-Amable de Chardon, a Knight and the-Lord of Chardon, Souffleyt, Serres and Chazelet; and Sir (John) Jean Chardin (1643-1713), born Jean-Baptiste Chardin, a French jeweler and traveler whose ten-volume book "The Travels of Sir John Chardin" is regarded as one of the finest works of early Western scholarship on Persia and...
Migration of the Cardons 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 Cardons 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 Cardons were Magdeleine Chardon settled in Carolina in 1695-1696; A. Chardon, aged 29; settled in New Orleans in 1821; Anthony Chas. Chardon, aged 27; settled in New Orleans in 1821.