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Garneau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Garneau family originally derived its surname from the seigneury of Garneau in the region of Poitou. In France, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names often denoted the proprietorship of a village or estate; in other instances they indicated where a person had moved from.

Early Origins of the Garneau family

The surname Garneau was first found in Poitou where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneury of Garneau in the region of Saintonge in the diocese of Saintes in the parliament of Bordeaux.

Early History of the Garneau family

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Garneau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Garnaud, Garnault, Garneau, Garneault, Garineau, Garinaud, Garino, Garinois, Garinot, Garnot, Garnoux, Le Garnaud, Legarnaud, Le Garnault, Legarnault, Le Garneau and many more.

Early Notables of the Garneau family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Garneau family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Garneau Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Harriet Garneau, who was on record in the 1871 census of Ontario, Canada

Contemporary Notables of the name Garneau (post 1700)

  • Chris Garneau (b. 1982), American singer-songwriter
  • Joseph Jean-Pierre Marc Garneau C.C., CD, Ph.D., F.C.A.S.I., MP (b. 1949), Canadian politician, former NASA astronaut, former President of the Canadian Space Agency from 2001 to 2006, Minister of Transport (2015-)
  • Louis Garneau OC, CQ (b. 1958), Canadian road racing and track cyclist and cyclewear manufacturer
  • François-Xavier Garneau (1809-1866), Quebec historian and poet, Garneau's three-volume "Histoire du Canada" described the early pioneering history of Canadian settlers

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