Chaignaut History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The first known use of Chaignaut as a surname occurred in the Forez region of France. Chaignaut was originally a name for a person who lived in Forez.
Early Origins of the Chaignaut family
The surname Chaignaut 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 Chaignaut family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chaignaut research. Another 128 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1436, 1451, 1471, 1746, 1817, 1769, 1832, 1910, 1887, 1887, 1915, 1767, 1795, 1791, 1883, 1800, 1874, 1874, 1819, 1901, 1830 and 1906 are included under the topic Early Chaignaut History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chaignaut Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Chaignaut, including 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 Chaignaut 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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Migration of the Chaignaut family
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 Chaignaut 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 Chaignaut were Léonard Chaignon, a preacher, who was born in Montreal in 1662; François Chagnon, who settled in Verchères, where he cultivated land, and where he married Catherine Charon in 1681.
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- ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.