Show ContentsCommot History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The enchanting region of Bourgoigne was the historical homeland of the prominent surname Commot. Commot 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 Commot family

The surname Commot 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 Commot family

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Commot 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 Commot family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Commot family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexandre Comeau, who arrived in South Carolina in 1775; Baptiste Commeau, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1763; with his wife and his two children; Maurice Comeau, who, at the age of 68.

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook