Show ContentsGaultier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gaultier has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Gaultier family

The surname Gaultier was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat from early times.

Anne Gaultier de la Ferrière reaffirmed her family's title of nobility in 1726 at Saint-Cyr. The branch of la Ferrière received the title of hereditary knight by letters in 1810, and the title was confirmed in 1865. Simon Gaultier, squire, lord of les Tournières, lived in 1420. Jean, lord of Lespinguerie, had from Clémence Champion, Pierre, cited in the bann of 1543, also including Jacques, Michel, lord of la Chesnaie, Pierre who married in 1621 Madelaine de Malherbe, Charles, lord of le Ferrière. Michel, grandson of Charles, was lord de Carville who had with Jeanne Lechartier Pierre-Jean-Michel, lord and patron of Carville, from whom came Jean-Jacques-François, lieutenant of marshals of France in Vire, who had Jacques-Alexandre, shot in Caen during the Revolution; Léonard-Louis-Gabriel, who served under Frotté and was killed near Tinchebray; Ange-Maurice who married in 1811 Louise-Charlotte of Verdun. [1]

René Gaultier, born in 1634, son of Pierre, travelled from Varennes, France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Marie Boucher, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne (née Crevier), at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 26th September 1667. [2]

Early History of the Gaultier family

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Gaultier Spelling Variations

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Gaultier is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Gaultier, Gault, Legault, Legaultier and others.

Early Notables of the Gaultier family

Notable amongst the family in this period was

  • Philippe Gaultier de Comporté, soldier, seigneur, commissary of the King's warehouses, provost of the Marshalsea, naval commissary...
  • René Gaultier de Varennes, officer in the Carignan-Salières regiment, seigneur, was the Governor of Trois-Rivières in 1668...
  • Huges Guéru, also known as Gaultier-Garguille, (1573-1634) was a French comedian...
  • Jules de Gaultier of Laguionie (1858-1942), French essayist, was a collaborator of the magazine Mercury of France...

Gaultier Ranking

In France, the name Gaultier is the 1,121st most popular surname with an estimated 4,872 people with that name. [3]

United States Gaultier migration to the United States +

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 Gaultier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gaultier were

Gaultier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michel Gaultier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718
  • René Gaultier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Michel Gaultier, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [4]
  • Rene Gaultier, aged 18, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [4]
  • John Gaultier, who arrived in Maryland in 1768 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaultier (post 1700) +

  • Paul Louis Gaultier de Kervéguen, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier (b. 1952), French fashion designer
  • Jules de Gaultier (1858-1942), French philosopher
  • Bon Gaultier, British writer
  • Pierre Gaultier de Varennes Verendrye (1685-1749), French explorer

  1. 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.
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 5) Paul Gaultier. Retrieved from on Facebook