Carreau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The French name Carreau 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 Carreau family
The surname Carreau 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 located 15 kilometers southeast of Ryes.
Robert Caron settled in Beaupré and married Marie Crevet in Quebec on 25th October 1637. Together they had seven children to carry on the family name of Caron. Robert died on 8th July 1656. 
Important Dates for the Carreau family
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Carreau Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Carreau some of which are 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 Carreau 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 Caron (1600-1673), French Huguenot refugee to the Netherlands who served the Dutch East India Company, he rose from a cabin boy to be Director-General at Batavia recipient of the Order of St. Michael in 1672...
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Carreau migration to the United States
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 Carreau 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 Carreau were
Carreau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Marie Louis Gabriel Carreau, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1894
Carreau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Blanche Carreau, aged 60, who landed in America from Vincermis, France, in 1915
- Ernestine Carreau, aged 35, who settled in America from Ruffea le Chateau, France, in 1922
- Andre Carreau, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1924
Carreau migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Carreau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Anita Carreau, aged 27, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Carreau (post 1700)
- Pierre J. Carreau, Canadian rheologist who created the Carreau fluid
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print