The Gautreau name comes from that Medieval landscape of southern France known as
. The name Gautreau was originally derived from the family having lived in
, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
, where they are recorded as one of the distinguished ancient families of that region.
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French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by 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 Gautreau is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Cote, Cot, Cotte, Cott, Kott, Kote, Cotée, Cotet, Cotin, Coton, Cottet, Cottin, Cotton, Cotard, Cottard, Lacotte, Cotté, Cottu, Cottarel, Cottebrune, Cotner, Cottez and many more.
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 Gautreau 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 Gautreau were
Gautreau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Pierre Gautreau, aged 18, who landed in America, in 1917
- Ernestine Gautreau, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1921
Gautreau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Pierre Gautreau, aged 58, who landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767