The French name Careau 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 Careau family
The surname Careau 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 15 km southeast of Ryes.
Early History of the Careau family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Careau research.Another 309 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1460, 1475, 1497, 1521, 1541, 1599, 1600, 1603, 1605, 1664, 1666, 1672, 1673, 1774, 1775, 1784, 1810, 1813, and 1822 are included under the topic Early Careau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Careau Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Careau, including 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 Careau 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... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Careau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Careau family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Careau 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 Careau 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.