Cordier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Cordier is a name whose history is connected to ancient Normandy. The name is derived from when the Cordier family once lived in Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.

Early Origins of the Cordier family

The surname Cordier was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family was established since 1463 in a seigniory erected for des Cordey.

Early History of the Cordier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cordier research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1768, 1793, 1592, 1650, 1380, 1440, 1480, 1564, 1777, 1861, 1580 and 1843 are included under the topic Early Cordier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cordier 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 Cordier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Corde, Cordes, Cordé, Cordet, Cordette, Cordey, de Cordey, des Cordey, Corday, de Corday, Cordié, Cordier, Lecordier, Cordeau, Cordeaux, Cordot, Cordaud, Cordauld, Cordaut, Cordault, Cordaux, Cordaulx, Cordau, Cordel, Cordelle, Cordelet and many more.

Early Notables of the Cordier family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Jacques-Adrien Corday, a lieutenant; Marie-Anne-Charlotte Corday d'Armont, who was born in 1768 in Orne, and who died in 1793 in Paris, a heroic figure; Balthasar Cordier (1592-1650), Belgian theologian; Baude Cordier (c. 1380-before 1440), French composer; Mathurin Cordier (1480-1564) (pen name Corderius), French pedagogue; and Louis Cordier (1777-1861), a geologist and mineralogist. Jacques Cordier, better known under the name of Bocan, born in Lorraine about 1580; dancing-master and performer on the violin and...
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Cordier Ranking

In France, the name Cordier is the 164th most popular surname with an estimated 19,818 people with that name. [1]


United States Cordier migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Cordier 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 Cordier were

Cordier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E Cordier, aged 30, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1843 [2]
  • Charles Cordier, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1897
  • Claire Cordier, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Tracy le Moret, in 1898
Cordier Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexandre Cordier, aged 48, who landed in America from Moulino, France, in 1909
  • Eduard Cordier, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States from Calais, France, in 1912
  • Charles Cordier, aged 45, who landed in America from Hedsloo, Belgium, in 1913
  • Edouan Cordier, aged 26, who landed in America from Calais, France, in 1914
  • Desire Cordier, aged 45, who settled in America from Carnieres, Belgium, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Cordier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Cordier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Pierre Cordier, son of Gilles and Marie, who married Catherine de La Haye, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Quebec on 7th February 1689 [3]
Cordier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Cordier, the son of Nicolas and of Jeanne Lefranc, of Rennes, who married Marie-Françoise Corneau in Quebec City in 1716
  • Jacques Cordier, son of Nicolas and Jeanne, who married Marie-Françoise Corneau, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 5th August 1716 [3]
  • Jean Cordier, son of Jean and Geneviève, who married Marie-Thérèse Charbonneau, daughter of Jean and Barbe, in Sainte-Rose, Quebec on 6th October 1760 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cordier (post 1700) +

  • Douglas E. "Doug" Cordier (b. 1953), American politician, member of the Montana House of Representatives (2007-)
  • Daniel Cordier (1920-2020), French resistance fighter, historian, and art dealer, member of the Camelots du Roi, Companion of the Resistance in 1944
  • Noëlle Cordier (b. 1944), French singer
  • Mathurin Cordier (1480-1564), (pen name Corderius), French pedagogue
  • Louis Cordier (1777-1861), French geologist and mineralogist
  • Joseph Cordier (b. 1773), Acting Governor General of Pondicherry
  • Charles Henri Joseph Cordier (1827-1905), French sculptor
  • Baude Cordier (1380-1440), French composer
  • Henri Cordier (1849-1925), French orientalist, who wrote, among other works, "Histoire générale de la Chine" (1920-21)
  • Michaël Cordier (b. 1984), Belgian footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  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. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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