The Gagnier surname is thought to come from the Old French word "gagner", which meant to "till" or "cultivate" the land. As such, the name Gagnier was likely originally an occupational
name for a farmer or cultivator.
Early Origins of the Gagnier family
The surname Gagnier was 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 family were well established throughout the many provinces of France and several members were rewarded for their work and interest in the matters of their communities with lands, titles and letters patent elevating them to nobility. Distinctive positions held by members of this family include, Counselor and President of Parliament in 1645, 1674, 1675 and 1715, Captain of the Guards and Priest of Châtillon and of Livry. Another branch of this noble family were the Barons of Pouilly and of this branch, Jean-Baptiste became the President at the Financial Chamber in 1685.
Brothers, Pierre Gagne, born in 1610, and Louis, born in 1612, sons of Louis and Marie (née Launay), settled in Canada in 1643. Pierre married in France in 1639 to Marguerite Rouzée, daughter of Jehan and Catherine, and they had one son, Jacques. Pierre died of a fever and was buried in Quebec on 1st May 1656.
Louis Gagne married Marie Michel, daughter of Pierre and Louise, in France in 1638. Louis and Marie settled together in Quebec until his death in 1662. CITATION[CLOSE]
Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
Early History of the Gagnier family
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Gagnier 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.
Early Notables of the Gagnier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gagnier family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gagnier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Louis Gagnier, who settled in Montréal in 1657
- Pierre Gagnier, who arrived in Montreal in 1657
Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnier (post 1700)
- Holly Gagnier (b. 1962), American actress
- Ed Gagnier (1882-1946), American (French born) Major League Baseball baseball player
- Edgar G. S. Gagnier, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1935, 1956; Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1954, 1958 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Gagnier Motto
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
Gagnier Family Crest Products
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html