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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."

Gagnepain Early Origins



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.

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Gagnepain Spelling Variations


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Gagnepain Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagnon, Gagnont, Gagnent, Gagnen, Gagnanc and many more.

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Gagnepain Early History


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Gagnepain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagnepain research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1600 is included under the topic Early Gagnepain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gagnepain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gagnepain Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gagnepain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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; Joseph-Marie Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1791.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnepain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnepain (post 1700)



  • Wallace Gagnepain, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Perryville, Missouri, 1967

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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    The Gagnepain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gagnepain 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 12 January 2016 at 13:20.

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