Marceau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Marceau family

The surname Marceau was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where the family emerged as a noble family from ancient times.

The first member recorded under this name was S. Marcel, who was a martyr in Châlons-sur-Saône in 179. Saint Marcel, who became Bishop of Paris, died in about 440. From then on, no known records over the next eleven centuries, the family grew, prospered and branched extensively throughout France. Within the family were members who were recognized and honored for their excellent service to the country.

Étienne Marcel, who was assassinated in 1358 trying to deliver Paris to the King of Navarre and who was called one of the most remarkable politicians of the Middle Age; Guillaume Marcel (1647-1708), was a noted scholar. Guillaume's grandnephew, Jean-Joseph, was an Orientalist, who became a member of the Institute of Egypt, then Director of the Imperial Printing Press. The family branched to Maurepas, and St. Andeol in Dauphiné.

François Marceau, born in 1641, son of André and Marie (née Guignand), travelled from Poitou, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Marie-Louise Bolper, born in 1651, daughter of Gilles and Nicole (née Le Chef), at Sainte-Famille on 12th October 1671. The remained together in Quebec until François passed away around 1687. [1]

Early History of the Marceau family

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Marceau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Marcel, Marcele, Marcell, Marcelle, Marcels, Marceles, Marcells, Marcelles, Marrcel, Marrcele, Marrcell, Marrcelle, Marrcels, Marrceles, Marrcells, Marrcelles, de Marcel, du Marcel and many more.

Early Notables of the Marceau family (pre 1700)

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United States Marceau migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marceau Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louis Marceau, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Mrs. T. C. Marceau, who settled in America, in 1892
  • T. C. Marceau, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Theodore C. Marceau, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1894
Marceau Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emile Marceau, aged 23, who settled in America from Nogen Sur Seine, France, in 1910
  • Hermance Marceau, aged 31, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1919
  • J. Alfred Marceau, aged 42, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1921

Canada Marceau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Marceau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • François Marceau, son of André and Marie, who married Marie-Louise Bolper, daughter of Gilles and Nicole, in Sainte-Famille, Quebec on 12th October 1671 [2]
  • Jacques Marceau, son of François and Marie-Louise, who married Isabelle Jinchereau, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 19th November 1694 [2]
  • Louis Marceau, son of François and Marie-Louise, who married Jeanne Dumas, daughter of François and Marguerite, in Quebec on 30th March 1697 [2]
Marceau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Marceau, son of Jacques and Élisabeth, who married Marie-Françoise Baudoin, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Berthier, Quebec on 17th November 1721 [2]
  • Jean-Baptiste Marceau, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Madeleine Lepage, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Madeleine, in Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 4th September 1731 [2]
  • Antoine Marceau, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Madeleine Gagné, daughter of Dominique and Madeleine, in Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 4th April 1731 [2]
  • Augustin Marceau, son of Louis and Jeanne, who married Françoise Asselin, daughter of Jacques and Marie, in Saint-François-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 4th July 1737 [2]
  • Augustin Marceau, son of Jacques and Isabelle, who married Marguerite Corriveau, daughter of Étienne and Jeanne, in Saint-Vallier, Quebec on 25th November 1737 [2]
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Marceau Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Irene Marceau, aged 22, who settled in Napierville, Canada, in 1911
  • Alice Marceau, aged 46, who settled in Napierville, Canada, in 1911
  • Doris Marceau, aged 18, who settled in Napierville, Canada, in 1911
  • Germain S. Marceau, aged 65, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1916
  • Arthur Marceau, aged 48, who immigrated to Quebec, Canada, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Marceau (post 1700) +

  • Jean-François Marceau (1976-2003), Canadian bronze medalist judoka at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • Theodore C. Marceau (1859-1922), American founder of Marceau Studios, a national chain of photographic studios in the 1880s
  • François-Séverin Marceau -Desgraviers, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Félicien Marceau (b. 1913), pen name of Louis Carette, French novelist, playwright and essayist
  • Sophie Marceau (b. 1966), French actress, director, screenwriter, and author who has appeared in 38 films
  • Marcel Marceau (1923-2007), French master of pantomime, most famous for his persona as Bip the Clown
  • Patricia Marceau, Canadian actress and director from Montreal
  • Nicolas Marceau (b. 1964), Canadian economist, university professor and politician
  • Joseph Marceau (1879-1935), Canadian contractor and politician in Ontario
  • Olivier Marceau (b. 1973), French gold and bronze medalist triathelete
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  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  3. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 14) François-Séverin Marceau. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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