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Where did the French Gagnon family come from? What is the French Gagnon family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gagnon family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gagnon family history?

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Gagnon 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 Gagnon 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 Gagnon was an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator. Interestingly, the name Gagnon was derived from the Old French word "gagneau," which means to "till" or "cultivate."

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

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

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More information is included under the topic Early Gagnon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gagnon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Francois Gagnon, who landed in Iroquois County, iii in 1884

Gagnon Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Jean Gagnon settled in Quebec with his wife Marguerite in 1699

Gagnon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1700
  • Jean Gagnon settled in Quebec with his wife, Anne, in 1731
  • Joseph Gagnon settled in Quebec with his wife Marie in 1732
  • François Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1748
  • Jean Gagnon settled with his wife Marie-Jeanne in Quebec in 1755


Gagnon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Etienne Gagnon settled with his wife, Marie-Josetta, in Quebec in 1811
  • François Gagnon settled, with his wife Charlotte, in Quebec in 1814

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  • René Arthur Gagnon (1925-1979), American Marine who helped raise the US flag in the famous World War II photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima
  • Joseph Adrien Germain Gagnon (1942-2014), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1961 to 1976
  • Onésime Gagnon (1888-1961), Canadian politician, the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
  • Aaron Gagnon (b. 1986), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey centre
  • Henri Gagnon (1887-1961), Canadian composer, organist, and music educator
  • Ernest Gagnon (1834-1915), Canadian folklorist, composer, and organist
  • Jean "Black Cat" Gagnon (1905-1984), Canadian NHL ice hockey forward
  • Marc Gagnon (b. 1975), French Canadian short track speed skater, four-time Overall World Champion for 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998
  • Vincent Gagnon (b. 1981), Canadian seven-time bronze medalist racquetball player from Montréal, Québec
  • Clarence Alphonse Gagnon, Canadian artist

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The Gagnon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gagnon 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.

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