Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: English, French-Alt, French

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

The Gagne surname is thought to come from the Old French word "gagner," which meant "to till" or "cultivate" the land. A such, the name Gagne was likely originally an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagne, Gagnes, Gane, Gaine, Gaigne, Geigne, Geygne, Gaygne, De Gagne, De Gagnes, DesGagne, Des Gagne, Desgagne, desGagne, Gagny, Gagnay, Gagnais, Gagney, Gagneais, Gagnet, Gagnau, Gaigne, Gaignet, Gaigney, Gaigny and many more.

First found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where the family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagne research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1576, 1579, 1611, 1645, 1674, 1675, 1685, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gagne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gagne Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Baptiste Gagne, who came to South Carolina in 1763 with his wife and their three children
  • Jean Baptiste Gagne, who landed in South Carolina in 1763

Gagne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Louis Gagne, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1821
  • Louis Gagne, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans in 1821
  • Louis Gagne who settled in New Orleans in 1821

Gagne Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Marie Louise Gagne, who immigrated to Québec in 1750


  • Laverne Clarence "Verne" Gagne (1926-2015), American professional wrestler, football player, wrestling trainer, and wrestling promoter
  • Robert Mills Gagne (1916-2002), American educational psychologist
  • Robert Mills Gagné (1916-2002), American educational psychologist, President of the American Educational Research Association (1970-1971)
  • Etienne-Paulin Gagne (1808-1876), French poet, essayist, lawyer, politician, inventor, and eccentric
  • Michel Gagné (b. 1965), Canadian cartoonist
  • Éric Gagné (b. 1976), Canadian former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Simon Gagné (b. 1980), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player from Quebec


  • Genealogy of the French-Canadian Family Lines of Papineau, Dontigny-Lucas, Gaudin (Godin), Gagne by Dorothy May Knudsen Chandler.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Recalcitrantem Cogo
Motto Translation: Stron force


Most Popular Family Crest Products
Gagne Armorial History With Coat of ArmsGagne Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Gagne Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageGagne Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Gagne Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesGagne Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Gagne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainGagne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Gagne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugGagne Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Gagne Armorial History with FrameGagne Armorial History with Frame
Gagne Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsGagne Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms



  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
  11. ...

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

This page was last modified on 28 April 2015 at 14:21.

Sign Up

FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more