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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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The surname Gagnon 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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
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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
  • William L. Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Supervisor of Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, 1971-74; Defeated in primary, 1974
  • Richard Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 9th District, 1978
  • Rebecca A. Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Berlin 4th Ward; Elected 1938; Elected unopposed 1956
  • Paul M. Gagnon, American politician, U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, 1994-98
  • Jason Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004
  • H. A. Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Aroostook County (11th), 1931-32
  • Francis A. Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Killingly; Elected 1932
  • Ferdinand Gagnon, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Putnam, Connecticut, 1950-57
  • Alcide R. Gagnon, American Democrat politician, Elected New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 7th Ward 1938
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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