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Where did the French Gaudin family come from? What is the French Gaudin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gaudin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gaudin family history?

In the medieval era, many new names came to France. Gaudin originated during that time in the province of Forez. Gaudin was derived from the personal name Godwine, which means good protector.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Godin, Godain, Godaint, Godein, Godaing, Godine, Goddin, Goddain, Goddaint, Goddein, Goddaing, Goddine, Gaudain, Gaudaint, Gaudein, Gaudaing, Gaudine, Gauddin, Gauddain, Gauddaint, Gauddein, Gauddaing and many more.

First found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire département, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the noble family held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaudin research. Another 162 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1700, 1795, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gaudin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gaudin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaudin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wm Gaudin, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Jeanne Gaudin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Rene Gaudin, who landed in Louisiana in 1719

Gaudin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Barthelemy Gaudin, who landed in Quebec in 1643
  • Pierre Gaudin, who landed in Canada in 1653
  • Yves Gaudin, aged 45, landed in Quebec in 1656


  • Chad Edward Gaudin (b. 1983), American professional baseball player
  • Antoine Marc Gaudin (1900-1974), distinguished American mineral engineer
  • Martin-Michel-Charles Gaudin (1756-1841), 1st Duc de Gaete, was a French statesman
  • Lucien Gaudin (1886-1934), French fencer and olympic champion
  • Jean-Claude Gaudin (b. 1939), French politician
  • Thibaud Gaudin (1229-1292), the French Grand Master of the Knights Templar
  • Damien Gaudin (b. 1986), French road bicycle racer
  • Brigitte Latrille Gaudin (b. 1957), French fencer
  • André Gaudin (b. 1874), French Olympian who won a silver medal for rowing at the 1900 games
  • Christian Gaudin (b. 1950), member of the Senate of France



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The Gaudin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gaudin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 March 2015 at 12:01.

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