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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."

Gendreau Early Origins



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.

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Gendreau Spelling Variations


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Gendreau Spelling Variations



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

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Gendreau Early History


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Gendreau Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Gendreau Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gendreau Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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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Contemporary Notables of the name Gendreau (post 1700)


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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)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    2. Doyle, William. The Oxford History of the French Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0192852213).
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. Guérard, Albert Léon. France: a Modern History. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. 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.

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