Chenault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Chenault family

The surname Chenault 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 Chenault family

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Chenault 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 Chenault family (pre 1700)

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United States Chenault migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Chenault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Chenault, aged 18, who immigrated to Philadelphia, PA, in 1912
  • Talitha H. Chenault, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Elizabeth Chenault, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Barnett Chenault, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1916
  • Chester R Chenault, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Chenault (post 1700) +

  • William L. Chenault, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1916; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Alabama 10th District, 1920 [2]
  • L. E. Chenault, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1944 [2]
  • G. O. Chenault, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1908 [2]
  • Edward Chenault, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1896, 1912 [2]
  • E. W. Chenault, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1916 [2]
  • Charles Chenault, American Republican politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 9th District, 2001 [2]
  • Cabel H. Chenault, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1940 (alternate), 1944 [2]
  • A. T. Chenault, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1876 [2]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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