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The French name Caron 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.


The surname Caron 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.

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Caron, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caron 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 Caron History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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...

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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. 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. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. 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 Caron were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Caron were

Caron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Caron, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Francois Caron, who settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Adelaide Caron, who arrived in New York in 1798

Caron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rosalie Caron, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1809
  • Aime Caron, aged 14, landed in America in 1817
  • Antonio Caron, who landed in America in 1836
  • Henry Caron, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1854
  • William J Caron, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858

Caron Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Robert Caron, who settled on the Coast of Beaupré in Quebec in 1636 married Marie Crevet in 1637
  • Claude Caron, from Auvergne, who settled in Quebec in 1671
  • Jean Caron, who arrived in Quebec from Aunis in 1685
  • Michael Caron, also from Auvergne, who settled in Quebec in 1686

Caron Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • PierreFrancois H Caron, who arrived in Canada in 1762
  • Jean-Louis Caron, who settled in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1765

  • Louis François Caron, French captain, who was named Knight of the Empire in 1813
  • Pierre Louis Auguste Caron, French colonel, who was named Knight of the Empire in 1810, then Baron of the Empire in 1813;
  • Pierre Caron (1900-1971), French film director
  • Patrick Caron, manager of French Equestrian Team
  • Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (b. 1931), French ballet dancer and actress, recipient of two Academy Award nominations
  • Sébastien Caron (b. 1980), French-Canadian NHL goaltender
  • Wayne Maurice Caron (1946-1968), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS Caron (DD-970)
  • George Caron (1823-1902), Canadian businessman and politician
  • Michel Caron, Canadian associate deputy minister of finance
  • Daniel J. Caron (b. 1957), Librarian and Archivist of Canada appointed on April 24, 2009
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    Other References

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    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Caron Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Caron 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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