Gaigneau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
A substantial branch of this name also settled in Perche, just south of Normandy. Of this family, Mathurin, Jean and Pierre, sons of Pierre and Renée (née Roger), were all pioneers to New France when they migrated to Quebec in Canada in the 17th century. 
Mathurin, born in 1606, married Françoise Goudeau on 30th September 1647. Together they had 15 children. He was buried at Château-Richer in September 1696. Jean, born in 1610, married Marguerite Cochon on 29th July 1640. He was buried at Château-Richer on 2nd April 1670. Pierre, born in 1612, married Vincente Obermare on 14th September 1642. He was buried at Château-Richer on 17th April 1699. 
Early History of the Gaigneau family
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Gaigneau Spelling Variations
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
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.
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- ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
- ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print