Claudel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The noble French surname Claudel is patronymic in origin, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's father. The surname Claudel is a variation of the Latin name Claudius, a Roman family name derived from "claudus" meaning "lame." This name was made popular as a result of having been borne by a seventh century saint who was bishop of Besancon. Thus the surname signifies "the son or descendant of Claude." [1]

Early Origins of the Claudel family

The surname Claudel was first found in Normandy in Vieux-Bourg, a commune in the Calvados department. [1]

Early History of the Claudel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claudel research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1619, 1687 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Claudel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Claudel Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by 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 Claudel is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Clot, Claude, Cloux, Claudet, Clausel, Glaude, Claud, Claudel, Claudin and many more.

Early Notables of the Claudel family (pre 1700)

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Claudel Ranking

In France, the name Claudel is the 581st most popular surname with an estimated 8,012 people with that name. [2]


United States Claudel migration to the United States +

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Claudel 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 Claudel were

Claudel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • F Claudel, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Claudel (post 1700) +

  • Paul Claudel (1868-1955), French poet/essayist/dramatist
  • Camille Claudel (1864-1943), French sculptor


  1. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  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)


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