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

The Gauwain surname comes from the Old French personal name Gauvin.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gauvain, Gavain, Gavin, Gauvin, Gauvent, du Gauvin, de Gauvin, Du Gauvin, Du Gauvain, Des Gauvain, Des Gauvin and many more.

First found in Brittany.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gauwain research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gauwain History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gauwain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jean Gauvin who arrived in Quebec in 1662 from Aunis on the west coast of France, although this is likely to be the port of embarkation, rather than his original home.

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  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Gauwain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gauwain 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.

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