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Where did the French Caron family come from? What is the French Caron family crest and coat of arms? When did the Caron family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Caron family history?

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.


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.

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.


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.


Another 145 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Caron Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Quebec. 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


  • Leslie Claire Margaret Caron (b. 1931), French ballet dancer and actress, recipient of two Academy Award nominations
  • Patrick Caron, manager of French Equestrian Team
  • Pierre Caron (1900-1971), French film director
  • Pierre Louis Auguste Caron, French colonel, who was named Knight of the Empire in 1810, then Baron of the Empire in 1813;
  • Louis François Caron, French captain, who was named Knight of the Empire in 1813
  • Ronald "Ron" Caron (b. 1920), Canadian former executive in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues
  • Jo Caron, award-winning Canadian production sound mixer
  • Giuseppe Caron (1904-1998), Italian Christian Democratic Party (CDP) politician
  • Daniel J. Caron (b. 1957), Librarian and Archivist of Canada appointed on April 24, 2009
  • Michel Caron, Canadian associate deputy minister of finance



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The Caron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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