Chagnon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The first known use of Chagnon as a surname occurred in the Forez region of France. Chagnon was originally a name for a person who lived in Forez.
Early Origins of the Chagnon family
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.
The family formed many branches, some in other regions. The Chagnon branch gave its name to Chagnon, a village in the department of Loire, in the district of Saint-Étienne. The branch Chaigneau was established in a village in the department of Eure, in the district of Evreux. The branch Chaigne was established in Bordeaux. Several members of this illustrious family distinguished themselves in various parts of France. 
Early History of the Chagnon family
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Chagnon Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Chagnon family (pre 1700)
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...
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Chagnon World Ranking
In the United States, the name Chagnon is the 11,902nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name.  However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Chagnon is ranked the 411st most popular surname.  And in France, the name Chagnon is the 7,379th popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
| Chagnon migration to the United States ||+|
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 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 migration to Canada ||+|
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Chagnon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- François Chagnon, son of Pierre and Louise, who married Catherine Charon, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 23rd July 1679 
- Pierre Chagnon, son of Michel and Madeleine married Marie Morin in Beauport, Quebec on 10th August 1694 
Chagnon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- François Chagnon, son of François and Catherine, who married Marie-Françoise Foisy, daughter of Martin and Madeleine, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 3rd February 1710 
- Louis Chagnon, son of François and Catherine, who married Madeleine Foisy, daughter of Martin and Madeleine, in Quebec on 8th November 1715 
- Pierre Chagnon, son of François and Catherine, who married Catherine Guertin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Contrecoeur, Quebec on 5th November 1718 
- Pierre Chagnon, who married Catherine Guertin in Contrecoeur, Quebec in 1718
- Raymond Chagnon, who married Marie-Madeleine Pelletier in St-Ours in 1721
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Chagnon (post 1700) ||+|
- André Chagnon OC OQ (1928-2022), Canadian businessman and philanthropist, founder of telecommunications company Vidéotron
- Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
- "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
- "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec, https://statistique.quebec.ca/en/document/family-names-in-quebec/tableau/the-first-1000-family-names-by-rank-quebec
- Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.