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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."

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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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gendron, Gendrot, Gendreau, Le Gendron, Legendron, Le Gendreau and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gendreau research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gendreau History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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

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  • 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)


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  7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
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  10. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Gendreau Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gendreau 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.

This page was last modified on 11 April 2016 at 14:19.

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