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The first known use of Chagnon as a surname occurred in the France in the Forez region. Chagnon was a name for a person who lived in Forez.


The surname Chagnon was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the family was established in early times.

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Chagnon is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Chagne, Chaigne, Chagnon, Chaignon, Chagnard, Chaignard, Chagnart, Chaignart, Chagnaud, Chaignaud, Chagneau, Chaigneau, Chagneaux, Chaigneaux, Chagnot, Chaignot, Chagnaut, Chaignaut, Chagnaux, Chaignaux, Chagnoux, Chaignoux, Chagnol, Chaignol, Chagnet and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chagnon research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1436, 1451, 1471, 1746, 1767, 1769, 1791, 1795, 1800, 1817, 1819, 1830, 1832, 1874, 1883, and 1887 are included under the topic Early Chagnon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Quelques membres notables appartenaient à cette famille. Parmi eux, on trouve Jean-Louis Chaigneau, a politician, who was born in Vouvant (Vendée) in 1767; his son, Émile-Armand Chaigneau, a politician, who was born in...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chagnon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Chagnon were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Chagnon were

Chagnon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • François Chagnon, who settled in Verchères, where he cultivated land, and where he married Catherine Charon in 1681

Chagnon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean-Baptiste Chagnon, who married Marie-Françoise Girard in 1743 in Verchères
  • Jean-Baptiste Chagnon, who married Marie-Joseph Charon in Varennes in 1772

Chagnon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Chagnon, who married Catherine Guertin in Contrecoeur, Quebec in 1718
  • Raymond Chagnon, who married Marie-Madeleine Pelletier in St-Ours in 1721

  • André Chagnon, business executive, Montreal

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    The Chagnon Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Chagnon 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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