The name Gauthreaux is from the Languedoc
region of southern France, it came from the Old French personal name
Gauldheri, which means army ruler. This name was adopted by a person who held a commanding position in a medieval French army.
Early Origins of the Gauthreaux family
The surname Gauthreaux was first found in Languedoc
, where this illustrious family held a family seat
with lands and manor. The Gauthier of Savignac family was granted the title of the Lords of Doumairène and in the late 11th century, they contributed to the foundation of Villefranche. Descending from the original line of Rouergue, the members of this illustrious family branched to Quercy in 1454 where Jean Gauthier was granted the right to be the Co-Lord of Savignac and Cabanes. As a result of the Gauthiers' involvement in their community, this eminent family received their letters patent confirming their noble status on June 2, 1669. Many branches of the family formed with different spellings due to the cultural and linguistic variations throughout France over the centuries. The Gaultier of Girenton family were the Lords of Châteauneuf of Rouge, Lirac, Le Poët, Costebrune, Lauriol and the Marquis of Châteauneuf in 1723. Continuing to branch under names of spellings, the Gautier family provided the Lords of Grambois, Mille and Rustrel, a Councillor of Marseille in 1568 and a Secretary to the King in 1624. As well, this branch provided the Lords of Aiguines, Canjuers, Clumans, barons of Senez and three Knights of Malta from 1643 to 1717.
Early History of the Gauthreaux family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gauthreaux research.Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1568, 1624, 1642, 1643, 1669, 1700, 1714, 1717, 1723, 1746, 1772, 1778, and 1788 are included under the topic Early Gauthreaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gauthreaux Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Gauthreaux, including Gauthier, Gauthié, Gauthyer, Gauthyé, Gauthiait, Gauthiai, Gauthiaie, Gauthiay, Gauthiez, Gothier, Gothié, Gothyé, Gothyer, Gothiait, Gothiai, Gothiaie, Gothiay, Gothiez, Gauthyait, Gauthyai, Gauthyaie, Gauthyay, Gauthyez, Gautier, Gauithier, Gautiez, Gautiait, Gautiaie, Gautiaies, Gautiais, Gautiai, Gautyer, Gautyez, Gautyait, Gautyaie, Gautyaies, Gautyaie, Gautyais, Gautherii and many more.
Early Notables of the Gauthreaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gauthreaux family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. 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 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Gauthreaux has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gauthreaux were
Gauthreaux Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Elei Gauthreaux, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1919
- Lela Gauthreaux, aged 28, who emigrated to New Orleans, La, in 1919
- Lela Gauthreaux, aged 32, who arrived at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Gauthreaux (post 1700)
- Joseph "Joe" Edward Gauthreaux Jr. (b. 1976), American house music DJ and producer
- Everette F. Gauthreaux, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1972 CITATION[CLOSE]
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