The long and noble heritage behind the name of Gaigneau 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 Gaigneau 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 Gaigneau was an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator. Interestingly, the name Gaigneau was derived from the Old French word "gagneau," which means to "till" or "cultivate."
Early Origins of the Gaigneau family
The surname Gaigneau 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.
Early History of the Gaigneau family
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Gaigneau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gagnon, Gagnont, Gagnent, Gagnen, Gagnanc and many more.
Early Notables of the Gaigneau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gaigneau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Gagnon settled with his wife, Thècle, in Quebec in 1781; François Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1748; Louis Gagnon settled in Quebec in 1778.