Gautier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gautier 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 Gautier family

The surname Gautier 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.

Jean Gauthier, born in 1645, son of Mathurin and Catherine, was a French edge-tool maker that travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Angélique Lefebvre, daughter of Louis and Suzanne, on 21st January 1675. [1]

Important Dates for the Gautier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gautier research. Another 168 words (12 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 Gautier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gautier Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Gautier, some of which include 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 Gautier family (pre 1700)

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Gautier migration to the United States

France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. 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, the Acadians 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 Gautier were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gautier were

Gautier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rene Gautier, who landed in Louisiana in 1718 [2]
  • Joseph Gautier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718 [2]
  • Pierre Gautier, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Jaques Gautier settled with his wife, Jeanne Susan Cochet in 1753
  • Pierre Gautier, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753
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Gautier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Gautier, who landed in America in 1801 [2]
  • Angel Gautier, aged 11, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1802 [2]
  • Luis Gautier, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1802 [2]
  • Maria Gautier, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1812 [2]
  • Pedro Gautier, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gautier migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gautier Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Guillaume Gautier, son of Philippe and Marie, married Esther De Lambourg, daughter of Nicolas and Madeleine, in Quebec on 19th October 1648 [3]
  • Charles Gautier, son of Philippe and Marie, married Catherine Le Camus, daughter of Hector and Jacqueline, in Quebec on 2nd August 1656 [3]
  • Joseph-Élie Gautier, son of Samuel and Hélène, married Marguerite Moitié, daughter of Jacques and Françoise, in Château-Richer, Quebec on 25th October 1663 [3]
  • Pierre Gautier, son of Jacques and Marie, married Charlotte Roussel, daughter of Thomas and Barbe, in Montreal, Quebec on 12th November 1668 [3]
  • Mathurin Gautier, son of Jean and Louise, married Anne Giraut, daughter of Antoine and Jeanne, in Quebec on 16th July 1669 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gautier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Gautier, aged 23, who arrived in Quebec in 1700
  • Charles Gautier, son of Mathurin and Nicole, married Barbe Gournay, daughter of Guillaume and Catherine, in Repentigny, Quebec on 12th December 1701 [3]
  • André Gautier, son of Joseph and Marguerite, married Catherine Tournois, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Boucherville, Quebec on 11th August 1712 [3]
  • Augustin Gautier, son of Jacques and Élisabeth-Ursule, married Marie-Josephte Jouet, daughter of Joseph and Marie, in Varennes, Quebec on 28th November 1713 [3]
  • François Gautier, son of Jean and Angélique, married Marie Marchand, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Quebec on 18th February 1716 [3]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gautier (post 1700)

  • Richard "Dick" Gautier (1931-2017), American actor, comedian, singer, and caricaturist, best known for his role as Hymie the Robot in the television series Get Smart
  • R. B. Gautier Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1956 [4]
  • R. B. Gautier, American politician, Mayor of Miami, Florida, 1931-33 [4]
  • Louis F. Gautier, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 8th District, 1928 [4]
  • Jenaro Gautier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1964 [4]
  • Jack J. Gautier, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, 1952-53 [4]
  • Mrs. Hermes Gautier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1948; Member of Democratic National Committee from Mississippi, 1954 [4]
  • Herman Gautier, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1936 [4]
  • Harold White Gautier (1893-1965), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1940 [4]
  • Emily L. Gautier, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940; Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1945 [4]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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