Gentrup History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Gentrup 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. Gentrup 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 Gentrup family
The surname Gentrup 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. By the 14th century this prestigious family had moved north to Brittany (French: Bretagne). They leant their name to the seigneurie of Gendronnière and La Croix in that same region where they held considerable estates. They also acquired business interests in Holland.
Nicolas Gendron, born in 1634, son of Pierre and Marie (née Renault), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec he married Marie-Marthe Hubert, born in 1642, daughter of Toussaint and Catherine (née Champagne), on 19th February 1656. Together they had eight children, six sons and two daughters, and they remained in Quebec together until Nicolas passed away at Sainte-Famille on 16th January 1671. 
Important Dates for the Gentrup family
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Gentrup Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gendron, Gendrot, Gendreau, Le Gendron, Legendron, Le Gendreau and many more.
Early Notables of the Gentrup family (pre 1700)
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Gentrup migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Gentrup Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Gentrup Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Joh Heinr Gentrup, who landed in America in 1848 
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