The long and noble heritage behind the name of Gagnepain first began in medieval France. While the patronymic
and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in France, occupational
surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Gagnepain family, adopted the name of their occupation
as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Gagnepain was an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator. Interestingly, the name Gagnepain was derived from the Old French word "gagneau," which means to "till" or "cultivate."
Early Origins of the Gagnepain family
The surname Gagnepain was first found in Bourgogne in the Franche-Comté where this family held a family seat
from ancient times in the department of de Saône-et-Loire in the arrondisement of Charolles.
Early History of the Gagnepain family
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Gagnepain Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gagnon, Gagnont, Gagnent, Gagnen, Gagnanc and many more.
Early Notables of the Gagnepain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gagnepain family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Gagnon settled with his wife, Thècle, in Quebec in 1781; François Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1748; Louis Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1778.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnepain (post 1700)
- Wallace Gagnepain, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Perryville, Missouri, 1967 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html