Chaigneau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Chaigneau family

The surname Chaigneau 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. [1]

Early History of the Chaigneau family

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Chaigneau 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 Chaigneau 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 Chaigneau 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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Chaigneau Ranking

In France, the name Chaigneau is the 2,351st most popular surname with an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 people with that name. [2]

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

Chaigneau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Chaigneau, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [3]

Canada Chaigneau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chaigneau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Nicolas Chaigneau, French settler travelling to Canada for work arriving on 19th April 1642 [4]
  • Mr. Daniel Chaigneau, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Antoine Grignon and Michel Pelletier, arriving on 6th May 1661 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Chaigneau (post 1700) +

  • Jean-Baptiste Chaigneau (1769-1832), French Navy sailor and an adventurer in Vietnam; he served the Nguyen Dynasty from 1794 to 1819, and 1821 to 1826, and took the Vietnamese name of Nguyen Van Thang
  • Suzanne Chaigneau (1875-1946), French violinist and chamber musician
  • Florent Chaigneau (b. 1984), French footballer who plays as a goalkeeper
  • William Chaigneau (1709-1781), Irish novelist, born in Ireland on 24 Jan. 1709, son of John Chaigneau, of Huguenot extraction [5]
  • Colette Chaigneau, French teacher and former deputy, La Rochelle
  • Pascal Chaigneau, French academic and director of a school of higher education, Paris
  • Marcel Chaigneau, French pharmacist and researcher, Vanves
  • Robin Chaigneau (b. 1988), Dutch former cyclist

  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
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  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 25 Nov. 2019 on Facebook