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Early Origins of the Chenard family

The surname Chenard was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family has been known from ancient times.

The family goes back to Louis Chenu in 1481. A branch of this family was established in the sixteenth century and goes back to Pierre, a horseman, who was also Lord of Charantonay in the French region of Berry and part of Ravières, Nuits-sous-Ravières, and Villiers-les-Haut in 1533. His son Claude, Lieutenant of fifty soldiers who was made a Knight of the King's Order, was killed at the siege of Poitiers in 1569.

Their descendants have carried the titles of Barons of Nuits-sous-Ravières and Fulvy. Other branches of the family were formed and were mostly represented by members who served in the military. One of the branches was even in charge of a military school in 1766. [1]

Early History of the Chenard family

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Chenard Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Chenu, Chenue, Chenus, Chenues, Chenou, Chenoue, Chenous, Chenoues, Chenoux, Chenut, Chenout, Chenuts, Chenouts, Chenud, Chenoud, Chenuds, Chenouds, de Chenu, du Chenu, Cheynous, Cheenu, Cheynue, Cheynut, Cheynou, Cheynoux, Chenoux, Chaynu, Cheynew, Chanew, Chanut, Chanuts, Shaynu and many more.

Early Notables of the Chenard family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Claude, Knight of the King's Order, killed at the siege of Poitiers; and Pierre Hector Chanut (1601-1662), French Ambassador and state counselor. François Chanot was the son of a violin-maker, born in 1787 at Mirecourt in France. He entered the army as an engineer under the Empire, but quitted it after the Restoration. Returning to Mirecourt, he made special studies on the construction of the violin, and ultimately built one which deviated considerably in form from the accepted pattern. Believing that, in order to make every part...
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Chenard Ranking

In the United States, the name Chenard is the 18,294th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Chenard is ranked the 654th most popular surname. [3]

Migration of the Chenard family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: M. Chenou, aged 44; settled in New Orleans in 1823.

Contemporary Notables of the name Chenard (post 1700) +

  • Robert E. Chenard, American Republican politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 19th District, 1956 [4]

  1. Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. "The first 1,000 family names by rank, Quebec (in French only)" Institut de la statistique du Quebec,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook