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The Guillaume family can find its origins within the landscape of Medieval France, particularly in that coastal region once known as Normandy. Their name is derived from the popular Norman given name William, which is composed of the elements will, meaning desire, and helm, meaning protection or strength.

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The surname Guillaume was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat and were conjecturally descended from the Comte D'Evroux, in the castle of Evreux.

French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Guillaume is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Guilaume, Guillaume, Guilaum, Guillamauax, Guillemot, Guillaumie, Guillaumes, Guillaumaud, Guillaumaut, Guillaumard, Guillaumart, De Guillaume and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guillaume research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1087, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Guillaume History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Guillaume has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Guillaume were

Guillaume Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Claude Guillaume, aged 18, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Jean Guillaume, aged 17, landed in Louisiana in 1719
  • Mr. Guillaume arrived in Louisiana en 1756

Guillaume Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Guillaume, who landed in Massachusetts in 1864

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  • Robert Guillaume (b. 1927), acclaimed Tony Award-winning and two-time Emmy Award-winning American stage and television actor
  • Frédéric François Guillaume de Vaudoncourt, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Paul Guillaume, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Joseph Guillaume, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Henri Guillaume de Furstemberg, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • General Augustin-Lon Guillaume (1895-1983), French President of Chief of Staffs' Committee (1954-1956)
  • Gustave Guillaume (1883-1960), French linguist
  • Paul Guillaume (b. 1878), French psychologist
  • Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume (1822-1905), French sculptor
  • Charles Édouard Guillaume (1861-1938), French-Swiss physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1920

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