Houde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Houde family

The surname Houde was first found in Auvergne, a historic province in south central France where the family was established in a village in Haute-Loire, in the district of Puy.

Early History of the Houde family

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Houde Spelling Variations

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Houde is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Houde, Houdé, Houdet, Houdain, Houdin, Houdinier, Houdinière, Houdon, Houdard, Houdart, Houdiard and many more.

Early Notables of the Houde family (pre 1700)

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Canada Houde migration to Canada +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Houde surname were

Houde Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Louis Houde, who married Madeleine Boucher in Quebec City in 1655
  • Louis Houde, son of Noel and Anne, who married Madeleine Boucher, daughter of Marin and Périnne, in Quebec on 12th January 1655 [1]
  • Jean Houde, son of Louis and Madeleine, who married Anne Rouleau, daughter of Gabriel and Mathurine, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 23rd August 1678 [1]
  • Jean Houde, who married Anne Rouleau in Ste-Famille in 1678
  • Gervais Houde, son of Louis and Madeleine, who married Catherine Denervers, daughter of Guillaume and Louise, in Cap-Santé, Quebec on 24th November 1689 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Houde Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Etienne Houde, son of Louis and Madeleine, who married Élisabeth-Ursule Denevers, daughter of Etienne and Jeanne, in Lotbinière, Quebec on 6th April 1708 [1]
  • Charles Houde, son of Jacques and Marie-Louise, who married Ursule Duguay, daughter of Pierre and Angélique, in Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly, Quebec on 19th November 1721 [1]
  • Gervais Houde, son of Gervais and Catherine, who married Marie-Françoise Lebeuf, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Thérèse, in Quebec on 24th August 1721 [1]
  • Noel Houde, who married Marie-Charlotte Limousin in Champlain, Quebec in 1722
  • Charles Houde, son of Gervais and Catherine, who married Marie Lebeuf, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Thérèse, in Quebec on 3rd February 1727 [1]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Houde (post 1700) +

  • Jean Houde (b. 1939), French sprint canoer at the 1960 Summer Olympics
  • Roger Houde (b. 1938), Canadian former politician, Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Abitibi-Est (1973-1976)
  • Harrison Houde (b. 1996), Canadian actor
  • Germain Houde (b. 1952), Canadian two-time Genie Award-winning actor
  • Pierre Houdé, Belgian cyclist at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Claude Daniel Houde (b. 1947), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played 59 games for the Kansas City Scouts
  • Louis Houde (1879-1945), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Mégantic (1939-1940) Mayor of Plessisville (1910-1913)
  • Frédéric Houde (1847-1884), Canadian journalist, newspaper editor and politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Maskinongé (1878-1884)
  • Éric Pierre Joseph Houde (b. 1976), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played 30 games for the Montreal Canadiens
  • Serge Houde (b. 1953), Canadian film and television character actor
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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