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

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."


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

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.


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.


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


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


  • Elphege Alfred Mailliot Gendreau (1888-1943), Canadian-born, United States Navy officer, eponym of the USS Gendreau (DE-639)


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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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