Ancient French historical documents reveal Anjou
as the origin of the name Croteau. Croteau was a name for a person who lived near a notable burial ground. The name is derived from the Latin word "crypta," which means "crypt."
Early Origins of the Croteau family
The surname Croteau was first found in Anjou
, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.
Early History of the Croteau family
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Croteau Spelling Variations
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 Croteau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Crotte, de la Crotte, Crôtte, Crotteau, Croteau, Crôteau, Crôtteau, Crottard, Crotard, Crôtard, Crôttard, Crottet, Crotet, Crotey and many more.
Early Notables of the Croteau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croteau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Croteau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Croteau, who landed in Canada in 1681
- Louis Croteau, who married Marie-Louise Bordeleau in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1695
Croteau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Pierre Croteau, who married Marie Chartré in Charlesbourg, Quebec in 1715
- Jacques Croteau, who married Marie-Charlotte Dupont in St-Antoine-Tilly in 1728
- Prisque Croteau, who married Madeleine Bourgoin in St-Antoine-Tilly in 1744
Contemporary Notables of the name Croteau (post 1700)
- Julie Croteau, first woman to play men’s NCAA baseball
- Robert Croteau (b. 1952), French professional footballer
- François Croteau (b. 1972), Canadian city councillor from Montreal, Quebec
- Gary "Crow" Croteau (b. 1946), retired Canadian ice hockey forward