Show ContentsChabot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Chabot was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a person with a large head. The surname Chabot was originally derived from the Old French word cabot and was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form Capoceus.

Early Origins of the Chabot family

The surname Chabot was first found in Jersey in the Channel Islands where "it is of frequent occurrence. It appears to be derived from the little fish known by us as the 'bullhead,' but on the shores of Normandy and the Channel Islands, where it abounds, as the chabot or cabot." [1] The same reference continues on: "Sebastian Cabot, the discoverer of Newfoundland (born at Bristol in 1477) is generally believed to be of Venetian extraction, but there is much reason to believe that his father was a native of Jersey." [1]

Another source sheds more light on his heritage: "He was the second son of John Cabot, a Venetian pilot, who afterwards settled in Bristol as a merchant, probably as early as 1472. A confusion between himself and his father on the part of many of his recent biographers has been the main cause of their perplexity. " [2]

Early History of the Chabot family

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Chabot Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Cabot, Cabott, Chabot and others.

Early Notables of the Chabot family

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Chabot World Ranking

In the United States, the name Chabot is the 7,849th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Chabot is ranked the 376th most popular surname with an estimated 12,276 people with that name. [4] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Chabot is the 153rd popular surname. [5] France ranks Chabot as 1,116th with 4,885 people. [6]

United States Chabot migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Chabot or a variant listed above:

Chabot Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Theodore Chabot, who arrived in Louisiana in 1826 [7]
  • Dorothea Sophie Koppen Chabot, aged 71, who landed in America in 1843 [7]
  • Vital Chabot, who settled in Philadelphia in 1866

Canada Chabot migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chabot Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mathurin Chabot, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Marie Mésangé, daughter of Robert and Madeleine, in Quebec on 17th November 1661 [8]
  • Michel Chabot, son of Jean and Louise, who married Marie-Madeleine Le Gardeur, daughter of Michel and Marguerite, in Quebec on 3rd November 1686 [8]
  • Michel Chabot married to Thérèse Legardeur in Québec in 1686
  • Jean Chabot, son of Mathurin and Marie, who married Éléonore Enaud, daughter of Michel and Geneviève, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 17th November 1692 [8]
  • Joseph Chabot, son of Mathurin and Marie, who married Françoise Pouliot, daughter of Charles and Françoise, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 24th November 1692 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Chabot Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michel Chabot, son of Jean and Louise, who married Madeleine Charon, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Quebec on 2nd September 1703 [8]
  • Jean Chabot, son of Jean and Éléonore, who married Marie Dufresne, daughter of Pierre and Madeleine, in Saint-Laurent-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 26th April 1718 [8]
  • André Chabot, son of Michel and Angélique Plante married Catherine Boulard, daughter of François and Françoise Lauzon in Québec in 1719
  • André Chabot, son of Michel and Angélique, who married Catherine Boullard, daughter of François and Françoise, in Rivière-des-Prairies, Quebec on 11th May 1719 [8]
  • Michel Chabot, son of Michel and Angélique Plante married Madeleine Coron, daughter of François and Marie Cyr in Québec in 1724
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Chabot migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Chabot Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Chabot, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chabot (post 1700) +

  • Herbert L. Chabot (1931-2022), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States Tax Court (1993, 2001-2016), Judge of the United States Tax Court (1978-1993)
  • Anthony Chabot (1813-1888), American (Quebec born) engineer and entrepreneur
  • Steven Chabot (b. 1953), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio
  • Charles Chabot (1815-1882), English expert in handwriting, belonged to a Huguenot family, born at Battersea in 1815 [10]
  • Louis François Jean Chabot, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [11]
  • John David Chabot (b. 1962), Canadian professional (NHL) hockey player
  • John Léo Chabot (1869-1936), Canadian parliamentarian and surgeon
  • Jean Chabot (1806-1860), Canadian lawyer, judge and political figure

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. David Louis Chabot, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania (1915) and died in the sinking and was recovered [12]

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  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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  8. Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  9. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  10. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019
  11. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Louis Chabot. Retrieved from
  12. Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook