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

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gendron 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. Gendron 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 Gendron research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gendron History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gendron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jean and Philippe Gendron settled in Carolina in 1695

Gendron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Guillaume Gendron settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Louis Gendron, who landed in America in 1788
  • Baptiste Gendron, who arrived in America in 1789

Gendron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Tousaint Gendron, who landed in America in 1811
  • Julio Gendron, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1837

Gendron Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Adeard Eugene Gendron, who landed in Wisconsin in 1917

  • Nicolas Gendron who arrived in Quebec from Aunis, a port of embarkation on the west coast of France

Gendron Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Guillaume Gendron, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Pierre Jean Gendron migrated to Quebec in 1661 from Poitou
  • Pierre Gendron sailed from Aunis and settled in Quebec in 1663
  • Guillaume Gendron migrated to Quebec in 1664 from Brittany
  • Simon Gendron, who arrived in Quebec in 1665

Gendron Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Bernard Gendron settled in Quebec in 1710 from Saintonge
  • Simon Gendron migrated to Quebec from Poitou in 1748


  • Dennis "Red" Gendron (b. 1957), American two-time Stanley Cup winning retired ice hockey coach
  • Odore Joseph Gendron (b. 1921), American prelate, Roman Catholic Church Bishop of Manchester (1975 to 1990)
  • Peter "Pierre" Gendron (1844-1910), American founder of the Gendron Wheel Company
  • Annick Gendron (d. 2008), French abstract painter
  • François-Eric Gendron (b. 1954), French actor
  • Maurice Gendron (1920-1990), French cellist and teacher
  • Ferdinand-Ambroise Gendron (1856-1917), Canadian lumber merchant and politician
  • François Gendron (b. 1944), Canadian politician
  • Jean-Guy "Smitty" Gendron (b. 1934), retired Canadian ice hockey player
  • Lucien Henri Gendron (1899-1959), Canadian politician



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  6. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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  9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Gendron Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gendron 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 24 March 2014 at 20:47.

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