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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gingras, Gingrais, Gingraix, Gaingras, Gaingrais, Gaingrais, Gêngras and many more.

First found in Poitou, a part of Aquitane, where the family has been a prominent family for centuries, and held a family seat with lands and manor. The family were well established in the region of the Vienne and several members of the family distinguished themselves through their contributions toward the community in which they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. They held a family seat from ancient times at La Rochelle.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gingras research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the year 1665 is included under the topic Early Gingras History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gingras Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Gingras, who arrived with his wife and children in Michigan in 1885
  • E. Charles Gingras, who was naturalized in Pennsylvania in 1886

Gingras Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Charles Gingras, who was married in 1675 in Québec city


  • Michèle Gingras, clarinetist and Professor of music at the University of Miami
  • René Gingras (b. 1938), Canadian politician
  • Pierre Gingras, Canadian politician
  • Maxime Gingras (b. 1978), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Gustave Gingras (1918-1996), Canadian physician
  • Gaston Gingras (b. 1959), Canadian ice hockey player


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The Gingras Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gingras 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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