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

The name Daigneault has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived in the diocese of Coutances, in Normandy.


Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Daigneault some of which are Daignault, D'Aigneau, Daigneau, Daignaux, D'Aiognaux, Daignaud, D'Aignaud, D'Aignault, D'Aigneaux, Daigneaux, Deneau, Deneault, Denyau, Denais, Deinout, Deinieau, Denault, Denaut, Denaux, Deneux, Denieau, Daieneault, D'Aieneault, Daineau, D'Aineau, Aignault and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat at Aigneaux in the diocese of Coutances in Rouen, and were members of the aristocracy of that region. The first of this name on record was Herbert D'Aigneaux who was descended from the Vicomte Caen in the Cotentin. The family gave its name to the parish of Aigneaux. It is assumed that Herbert joined the Duke of Normandy in his conquest of England in 1066 A.D. Sometime before 1074 Herbert sold part of his estates to Bishop Odo of Bayeux, and also purchased other lands from Corbin, his son. The Aigneaux family had a very important barony consisting of many fiefs along the River Lavire for seven miles, together with St.-Contest at Amfreville on the island of Marie. They were the benefactors of many religious establishments.


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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 Daigneault 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 Daigneault were

Daigneault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. H. Daigneault, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Charlotte Daigneault, aged 28, who landed in America from Lyon, France, in 1919


  • Barbara Daigneault, Canadian victim of the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989 in Montreal, Quebec
  • Frédéric-Hector Daigneault (1860-1933), Canadian provincial politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec
  • Julie Daigneault (b. 1965), Canadian three-time bronze medalist international freestyle swimmer
  • Maxime Daigneault (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Jean-Jacques "J.J." Daigneault (b. 1965), retired Canadian hockey player for the Vancouver Canucks, current assistant coach for the Montreal Canadiens


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