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

Gagnier Early Origins



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.

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Gagnier Spelling Variations


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Gagnier Spelling Variations



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.

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Gagnier Early History


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Gagnier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gagnier 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 Gagnier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gagnier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gagnier Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gagnier 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 were:

Gagnier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Louis Gagnier, who came to Montréal in 1657
  • Pierre Gagnier, who arrived in Montreal in 1657

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gagnier (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Holly Gagnier (b. 1962), American actress
  • Ed Gagnier (1882-1946), American (French born) Major League Baseball baseball player

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Motto


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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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
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    The Gagnier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gagnier 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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