Show ContentsGagnier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. The more popular spelling Gagné or Gagne literally translates from French as "earn" or "win."

Gannes is a commune in the Oise department in northern France and today Gagny is a commune in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France. It was originally part of the department of Seine-et-Oise. [1]

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. [2]

Early History of the Gagnier family

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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.

Early Notables of the Gagnier family

Notable amongst the family at this time was

  • John Gagnier (1670?-1740), was an English Orientalist, born in Paris about 1670, and educated at the College of Navarre. "After taking orders he was made a canon regular of the Abbey of St. Genevieve...

Gagnier Ranking

In the United States, the name Gagnier is the 18,222nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Canada Gagnier migration to Canada +

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 Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1935, 1956; Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1954, 1958 [4]

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

  1. Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook