From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gendreau family. Originally, the French people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames
were adopted in France is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Gendreau is a nickname
type of surname for a person who has inherited his family estates from his father-in-law, deriving its origin from the Old French word "gendre," which meant "son-in-law."
Early Origins of the Gendreau family
The surname Gendreau was first found in Maine where they held a family seat
at De Tendron, a seigneurie in the department of Cher in the arrondissement of Sainte-Amand-Mont-Rond. A prestigious family who later moved north to Brittany.
Early History of the Gendreau family
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Gendreau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gendron, Gendrot, Gendreau, Le Gendron, Legendron, Le Gendreau and many more.
Early Notables of the Gendreau family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gendreau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gendreau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Pierre Gendreau, who arrived in Quebec in 1656
Contemporary Notables of the name Gendreau (post 1700)
- Alan Scott Gendreau (b. 1989), American college football player
- Captain Elphege Alfred Mailliot Gendreau (1888-1943), Canadian-born, United States Navy officer, eponym of the destroyer escort USS Gendreau (DE-639)