Marceaux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Marceaux family

The surname Marceaux 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 Marceaux family

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Marceaux 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 Marceaux family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Marceaux family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jansen Marcelis settled in New Holland in 1820; Peter Marcelis settled in New York State with his wife and four children in 1661; Marcellin settled in Louisiana in 1756.


Contemporary Notables of the name Marceaux (post 1700) +

  • Basil J. Marceaux (b. 1952), American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from Tennessee, 2002
  • Charles René de Paul de Saint- Marceaux (1845-1915), French sculptor


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print


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