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

Of all the French names to come from Normandy, Daigle is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived at the castle of L'Aigle, on the River Risle.


History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Daigle, some of which include Daigle, Laigle, D'Aigle, L'Aigle, DeAigle and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this distinguished family held a family seat. Engenoulf de L'Aigle was the son of Fulbert de Beine, founder of the castle of l'Aigle on the River Risle in the arrondisement of Mortagne in Orne. Engenoulf had three sons, Roger who was slain in 1060, Richard who joined Duke William in his conquest of England and was granted the lands on which the Battle of Hastings took place, and Gilbert who was given the castle of Exmes by Duke Robert of Normandy who made him Viscount of that county. He was buried at Saint Sulpice after being mortally wounded in battle.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daigle research. Another 97 words(7 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Daigle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Daigle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and 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 Daigle 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 Daigle were

Daigle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christopher Daigle settled in Virginia in 1652

Daigle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Frances Daigle, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Freeman Daigle, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Jean Daigle, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755
  • Jean Baptiste Daigle, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756
  • John Baptist Daigle, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756

Daigle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Fabien Daigle, aged 12, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767


  • Sean Casey Daigle (b. 1981), American Minor League Baseball pitcher
  • Angela Daigle (b. 1976), American gold medal-winning sprinter at the 2005 World Championships
  • Reuben Bennett "Sourdough" D'Aigle (1874-1959), Canadian prospector in the Klondike, Ontario, Quebec and Labrador, he missed the Porcupine Gold Rush by only a few feet
  • Joseph Daigle (1831-1908), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec (1871-1878)
  • Roland Alain Daigle (b. 1954), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward who played from the Chicago Black Hawks from 1974 to 1975
  • Armand Daigle (1892-1957), Canadian Liberal party member of the Senate of Canada
  • France Daigle (b. 1953), award-winning Canadian author
  • Alexandre Daigle (b. 1975), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player who played from 1993 to 2010
  • Sylvie Daigle (b. 1962), Canadian six-time gold and three-time silver Olympic medalist speed skater
  • Joseph Zenon Daigle BA, BCL, QC (b. 1934), Canadian lawyer and a former politician and Chief Justice of New Brunswick


  • The Daigle Family: Acadia to Valence by Ethel Tregre Daigle.

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