Gasnier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gasnier surname is thought to come from the Old French word "gagner," which meant "to till" or "cultivate" the land. A such, the name Gasnier was likely originally an occupational name for a farmer or cultivator.

Early Origins of the Gasnier family

The surname Gasnier was first found in Bourgogne where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Gasnier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gasnier research. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1516, 1576, 1579, 1611, 1645, 1674, 1675, 1685, and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gasnier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gasnier Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gagne, Gagnes, Gane, Gaine, Gaigne, Geigne, Geygne, Gaygne, De Gagne, De Gagnes, DesGagne, Des Gagne, Desgagne, desGagne, Gagny, Gagnay, Gagnais, Gagney, Gagneais, Gagnet, Gagnau, Gaigne, Gaignet, Gaigney, Gaigny and many more.

Early Notables of the Gasnier family (pre 1700)

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


Canada Gasnier migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gasnier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Louis Gasnier (1612-1661), who received a deed for land in St. Ann de Beupré in 1640

Contemporary Notables of the name Gasnier (post 1700) +

  • Mathurin Gasnier, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]
  • Reginald William Gasnier (b. 1939), Australian rugby player
  • Louis J Gasnier (1875-1963), French film director


  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 5) Mathurin Gasnier. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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