Dagenais History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Noble surnames, such as Dagenais, evoke images of the ancient homeland of the French people. The original bearer of the name Dagenais, which is a local surname, once lived, held land, or was born in the beautiful Guyenne region of France. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Dagenais family originally lived in Guyenne, where the family was established in early times.
Early Origins of the Dagenais family
The surname Dagenais was first found in Guyenne, where the family was established in early times.
The members of this distinguished family were established in a parish in Agenais, in the region of Guyenne, which actually forms the major part of the department Lot-et-Garonne. It was from this parish that the family took its name.
Some members of the family were also established in Agen, a city in the department of Lot-et-Garonne, and later in a parish in Aveyron. Some members of this family also established in other regions of Europe and several of them distinguished themselves through their respective accomplishments.
Pierre Dagenais, born in 1631, son of Arnaud and Andrée (née Poulet), travelled from Saint-Sauveur, France to the New World in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Anne Brandon, born in 1641, daughter of Daniel and Jeanne (née Prois), in Montreal on 17th November 1665. In Canada he worked as a merchant and a tailor while also cultivating the nine acre farm that was given to him upon his arrival in New France. 
Important Dates for the Dagenais family
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Dagenais Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dagenais, Dagenet, Dagenez, d'Agenais and others.
Early Notables of the Dagenais family (pre 1700)
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Dagenais migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dagenais Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Louis-Basile Dagenais, born in 1738, married Françoise Quenneville in Sault-au-Récollet in 1757
Dagenais Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Romeo Dagenais, aged 20, who immigrated to America, in 1905
- Adelard Dagenais, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Nantef, France, in 1916
- Agusta Dagenais, aged 49, who settled in America from Haut-Rhin, France, in 1920
Dagenais migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dagenais Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Dagenais, originally from Saint-Sauveur de la Rochelle in Aunis, the son of Arnaud and of Andrée Poulet, who married Anne Brandon in Montreal in 1665. Pierre was a tailor in Montreal, as was he a cultivator of the land which he had obtained
- Pierre Dagenais, son of Arnaud and Andrée, married Anne Brandon, daughter of Daniel and Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 17th November 1665 
- Pierre Dagenais, son of Pierre and Anne, married Marie Drouet, daughter of Mathurin and Marie-Louise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 30th April 1695 
Dagenais Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Joseph-Michel Dagenais, son of Pierre and Marie, married Anne Lemay, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 31st January 1718 
- Pierre Dagenais, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marie-Josepte David, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Boucherville, Quebec on 4th May 1722 
- Jean-Baptiste Dagenais, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marie Proux, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Marie, in Saint-Laurent, Quebec on 31st May 1734 
- Laurent Dagenais, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marie-Élisabeth Brignon, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Sault-au-Récollet, Quebec on 5th November 1736 
- François-Marie Dagenais, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marie-Charlotte Vanier, daugher of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Charlotte, in Sault-au-Récollet, Quebec on 16th November 1739 
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Dagenais Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Cloris Dagenais, aged 37, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
- Eva Dagenais, aged 36, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1920
Contemporary Notables of the name Dagenais (post 1700)
- Todd Dagenais, American college volleyball coach, former player, and author
- Camille A. Dagenais CC OQ (1920-2016), Canadian engineer, former President of the SNC Group
- Jean-Guy Dagenais (b. 1950), Canadian politician,Senator for Victoria, Quebec (2012-)
- Jean-François Dagenais (b. 1975), Canadian record producer, recording engineer, mixer, guitarist, and songwriter
- Magloire Dagenais, Canadian solicitor in Montreal from 1890 to 1921
- Marcel Gilles Dagenais, Canadian economist in Verdun, Quebec
- Pierre Dagenais (b. 1978), Canadian professional ice hockey player
- Ric Dagenais, Canadian politician in Ontario
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.