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

The surname Corriveau is a ancient French name from the province of Champagne. It is thought to be derived from a pre-Latin word "caravu," which meant "rocky place."


French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from 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 Corriveau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Corriveau, Corrivault, Corrivaux, Corroy, Corroyer, Corrier, Corriez, Corrège, Courrèges, Corrigier, Corrèges, Correnson, Corret, Corrette, Corette and many more.

First found in Champagne.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Corriveau research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1703, 1726, 1844, 1858, 1865, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Corriveau History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Corriveau has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Corriveau were

Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacques Corriveau, who married François Gabory at St. Michel on Oct 19, 1693

Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Corriveau, was on record in America in 1763 as a British Deportee

Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Malvian Corriveau, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1894

Corriveau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph C. Corriveau, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Lucile Corriveau, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1913
  • Wilfrid Corriveau, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1923

Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Marguerite Corriveau, who was married in Quebec in 1650
  • Etienne Corriveau, who was married in 1669 in Sainte-Famille

Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Pierre Corriveau, who married Anne Gaboury in Saint-Michel on Feb. 6, 1702
  • Marie-Josephte Corriveau (1733-1763), born in Saint-Vallier, became a popular figure in Quebec folklore, after she was sentenced to "hang in chains" by a British military court for murdering her second husband

Corriveau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Phileas Corriveau, aged 49, who emigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1912


  • David Corriveau (1952-2015), American co-founder of Dave & Buster's (D&B), an American restaurant and entertainment business in 1982
  • Katia Corriveau (b. 1979), Canadian actress
  • Léopold Corriveau (b. 1926), Liberal party member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • John Dennis Corriveau OFM Cap (b. 1941), Canadian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, sixth and current Bishop of Nelson
  • François Corriveau (b. 1969), Canadian politician in Quebec
  • Fred André Corriveau (1928-1993), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey forward for the Montreal Canadiens
  • André Corriveau, Canadian Gemini Award and two-time Genie Award winning film editor and director
  • André Corriveau, Canadian administrator and general director of the Caisse Populaire Riviera since 1974 who lives in Tracy, Quebec
  • Jacques Corriveau, Quebec businessperson, owner of Pluri Design Canada Inc
  • Yvon Rene Corriveau (b. 1967), retired Canadian NHL ice hockey player


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The Corriveau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Corriveau 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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