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Where did the English Cloutier family come from? What is the English Cloutier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cloutier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cloutier family history?

The name Cloutier arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a person employed making or selling nails, particularly those used for horse shoes. The surname is derived from the Old French word clou, which in turn derives from the Latin word clavus, which both mean nail.


Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Cloutier, Clouthier, Clouther, Clothier, Clouter, Cluthier, Cloethier, Cloetier and many more.

First found in Normandy where they held a family seat.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloutier research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 171 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Cloutier History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Cloutier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Cloutier or a variant listed above:

Cloutier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Cloutier was married in America in 1720
  • Louis Cloutier, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763

Cloutier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J. B. Cloutier sailed to New Orleans in 1823
  • J. B. Cloutier arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1823 and was listed on the New Orleans ship lists

Cloutier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Loredon Cloutier, aged 26, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Wilfried Cloutier, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1908

Cloutier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Zacharie Cloutier II settled in Quebec in about 1630 and may have been the first immigrant of the name from Normandy, his son Rene married Barbe Aymard in 1672

Cloutier Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Joseph E. Cloutier, aged 33, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1909
  • Joseph Grenie Cloutier, aged 30, who emigrated to Victoriaville, Canada, in 1911
  • Joseph Cloutier, aged 35, who emigrated to Chicontini, Canada, in 1911
  • Isidore O.P. Cloutier, aged 46, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1913
  • Pierre Zephirin Cloutier, aged 31, who settled in St Benoit, Canada, in 1914


  • Thomas James "T.J." Cloutier (b. 1939), American professional poker player from Richardson, Texas, inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Julie Cloutier (b. 1986), Canadian bronze medalist fencer at the 2007 Pan American Games
  • Chantal Cloutier, American former fashion model, founder of The Cloutier Agency based in Santa Monica, California in 1977
  • Catherine A. Cloutier, American Republican politician, Member of Delaware State House of Representatives 11th District; Elected 1998
  • Jacques Cloutier (b. 1960), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Guy Cloutier (b. 1940), Canadian music producer and talent manager from Chicoutimi, Quebec
  • Réal Cloutier (b. 1956), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Gilles George Cloutier (b. 1928), Canadian scientist and former director of the Alberta Research Council
  • Dan Cloutier (b. 1976), Canadian NHL ice hockey player


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The Cloutier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cloutier Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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