Comeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Comeau. Comeau is a topographic surname, which is a type of hereditary surname. These were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Comeau family

The surname Comeau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this family was established in earlier times.

The family can be traced back to Guiot Comeau, who was qualified as a lord and recipient of Pouilly-en-Auxois in 1520. His son, Claude Comeau, had among other children, a son, Jean Ier, a criminal lieutenant-general in the bailiwick of Dijon, and another son, Jean, a man-at-arms in the company of the Count of Charnay, then a house marshal in the company of Souhey, who was ennobled in 1603 and who became the father of the family branches of la Serrée and Thoisy.

Antoine Comeau was chancellor of la Sainte-Chapelle, an advisory clerk in 1630, Lord Chancellor in the parliament of Dijon and lord of Pont-de-Vaux from 1671 to 1679. Another member of the family, Claude, was a ordinary gentleman in the King's court. Some members of this important family also established themselves in other regions of France, especially in Normandy, where they stayed at de Commeaux, a seigniory established in 1740 for De Langheac. The family formed alliances with other important families, such as the Colombet, Colard, Morin, Jant, Jacob, Cochet, Brocard and the Valon families.

Jean Comeau, son of Pierre and Rose, settled in Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Acadia he married Françoise Hebert, daughter of Étienne and Marie, at Port-Royal in 1679. [1]

Early History of the Comeau family

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Comeau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Comeau, Commeau, Comeaux, Commeaux, Comot, Commot, Comaud, Commaud, Comault and many more.

Early Notables of the Comeau family (pre 1700)

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United States Comeau migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Comeau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Comeau, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Alexandre Comeau, who landed in South Carolina in 1755 [2]
  • Alexandre Comeau, who arrived in South Carolina in 1775
Comeau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lea Comeau, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Turry, France, in 1907
  • Emile A. Comeau, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Camille Comeau, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1919
  • Clifford Comeau, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1923
  • Charles Comeau, aged 22, who landed in America from Selestal, France, in 1924

Canada Comeau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Comeau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Maurice Comeau, who, at the age of 68 settled in St. Pierre in 1767
  • Honore Comeau, who arrived, at the age of 55, in St. Pierre in 1767 with his wife, Marguerite, aged 33
  • Honore Comeau, aged 55, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Joseph Comeau, aged 41, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
  • Maurice Comeau, aged 68, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767
Comeau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mary Ealeanor Comeau, aged 3, who immigrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1906
  • George Comeau, aged 17, who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1919
  • Henry Comeau, aged 60, who immigrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in 1925

Contemporary Notables of the name Comeau (post 1700) +

  • Andy Comeau (b. 1970), American actor
  • Andre Comeau (b. 1971), American singer and songwriter
  • Michael G. Comeau, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996; Candidate for Maryland State House of Delegates District 35-A, 1998 [3]
  • Ambroise-Hilaire Comeau (1860-1911), Canadian merchant and politician in Nova Scotia
  • Louis-Roland Comeau CM (b. 1941), Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • Napoléon-Alexandre Comeau (1848-1923), Canadian self-taught naturalist and politician, eponym of the city of Baie-Comeau, Quebec
  • Joseph Willie Comeau (1876-1966), Canadian educator and politician in Nova Scotia
  • Phil Comeau CM, Canadian film and television director
  • Raynald "Rey" Xavier Comeau (b. 1948), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey forward
  • Charles-André "Chuck" Comeau (b. 1979), French Canadian drummer for pop punk band Simple Plan
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • F. C.  Comeau, Canadian resident from Ashmore Digby County, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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