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The name Lagault has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Lagault family

The surname Lagault was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where the family held a family seat from early times.

Anne Gaultier de la Ferrière reaffirmed her family's title of nobility in 1726 at Saint-Cyr. The branch of la Ferrière received the title of hereditary knight by letters in 1810, and the title was confirmed in 1865. Simon Gaultier, squire, lord of les Tournières, lived in 1420. Jean, lord of Lespinguerie, had from Clémence Champion, Pierre, cited in the bann of 1543, also including Jacques, Michel, lord of la Chesnaie, Pierre who married in 1621 Madelaine de Malherbe, Charles, lord of le Ferrière. Michel, grandson of Charles, was lord de Carville who had with Jeanne Lechartier Pierre-Jean-Michel, lord and patron of Carville, from whom came Jean-Jacques-François, lieutenant of marshals of France in Vire, who had Jacques-Alexandre, shot in Caen during the Revolution; Léonard-Louis-Gabriel, who served under Frotté and was killed near Tinchebray; Ange-Maurice who married in 1811 Louise-Charlotte of Verdun. [1]

René Gaultier, born in 1634, son of Pierre, travelled from Varennes, France to the New World in the 17th century. He married Marie Boucher, daughter of Pierre and Jeanne (née Crevier), at Trois-Rivières, Quebec on 26th September 1667. [2]

Early History of the Lagault family

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Lagault Spelling Variations

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 Lagault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Gaultier, Gault, Legault, Legaultier and others.

Early Notables of the Lagault family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was Philippe Gaultier de Comporté, soldier, seigneur, commissary of the King's warehouses, provost of the Marshalsea, naval commissary. He was the son of Philippe Gaultier, Sieur de Rinault, and of Gillette de Veron, who married Marie Bazire in 1672. René Gaultier de Varennes, officer in the Carignan-Salières regiment, seigneur, was the Governor of Trois-Rivières in 1668. Huges Guéru, also known as Gaultier-Garguille...
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Migration of the Lagault family

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Lagault has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lagault were Michel Gaultier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718; René Gaultier, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719; Samuel Gault, who arrived in New York in 1804.

  1. Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  2. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print on Facebook