The rich and ancient history of the Gauddet family name dates back to the time when France was immersed in the Dark Ages. This name from the Normandy
region of France is derived from the Norman-French given name Gaudi, which means ruler.
Early Origins of the Gauddet family
The surname Gauddet was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this celebrated family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Gauddet family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gauddet research.Another 527 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1474, 1557, 1697, 1698, 1699, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Gauddet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gauddet Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Gauddet some of which are Gaudet, Gaudette, Gaudait, Gaudais, Gaudey, Godet, Godette, Godait, Godais, Goder, Godee, Goday, Goddet, Goddette, Gauddet and many more.
Early Notables of the Gauddet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gauddet family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Gauddet were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gauddet were Eugene Godet who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; Thomas Martin Debois Godet settled in Philadelphia in 1843; A Godey settled in San Francisco in 1852.