Anjou as the origin of the name Croteaux. Croteaux 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 Croteaux family
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 Croteaux family
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Croteaux Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. 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 Croteaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Croteaux family to the New World and Oceana
Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Croteaux 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 Croteaux were Louis Croteau, who married Marie-Louise Bordeleau in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1695; Pierre Croteau, who married Marie Chartré in Charlesbourg in 1715.
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