Michaud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Michaud name began during the Middle Ages in a region once known as Languedoc. The French name is derived from the ancient given name Michael, meaning one who is like God.

Early Origins of the Michaud family

The surname Michaud was first found in Languedoc where this renowned family held a family seat since ancient times.

During the 1700 and 1800's, the family formed two branches and members established themselves throughout France. Antoine Des Micheaux sent a letter, on December 16, 1650, to Charles De Rohan, the Marshal of France and Prince of Soubise, regarding the lands possessed by his House since 1603. At the time of the French Revolution, Jean-Antoine was admitted to the Noble Assembly of Villeneuve-de-Berg.

An active member in the political forums of his times, Charles-Flavien Des Micheaux was a Judge at the Tribunal of Commerce, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and an Administrator of the Justice department during the 1800's. Two important members of this noble family were Pierre and his son, Ernest, who invented the chain wheel bicycle in 1861.

Early History of the Michaud family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michaud research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1390, 1500, 1509, 1550, 1603, 1635, 1650, 1700, 1739, 1800, and 1861 are included under the topic Early Michaud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Michaud Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Michaud, including Micheaux, Micheau, Michau, Michaud, Michaux, Michault, Micheault, Michoult, Micho, Michot, Michos, Mycheaux, Mycheau, Mychau, Mychaux, Des Micheaux, Des Mycheaux, Mychaud, Des Michaux and many more.

Early Notables of the Michaud family (pre 1700)

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United States Michaud migration to the United States +

In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year 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 Michaud 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 Michaud were

Michaud Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Honoré Michaud, who settled in Carolina in 1695
  • Pierre Michaud, who settled in Carolina with his wife, Sara, his brother, Abraham, and his sister-in-law, Ester, in 1695
Michaud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean-Jacques Michaud, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]
  • Jean-Jacques Michaud, who settled in Pennsylvania with his wife and five children in 1751
Michaud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Michaud, who settled in Mississippi in 1820
  • J. F. Michaud, aged 44, settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • M. Michaud, aged 23, settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • F. Michaud, aged 31, settled in New Orleans in 1823

Canada Michaud migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Michaud Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean-Baptiste Michaud, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Marie Vaillancour, daughter of Robert and Marie, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 3rd June 1697 [2]
  • Pierre Michaud, son of Pierre and Marie, who married Madeleine Thibodeau, daughter of Mathurin and Marie, in Quebec on 5th February 1697 [2]
Michaud Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Michaud, who settled in Quebec in 1702
  • Florent Michaud, son of Florent and Françoise, who married Marguerite Samson, daughter of Louis and Geneviève, in Quebec on 21st November 1725 [2]
  • Antoine Michaud, son of Joseph and Catherine, who married Marie-Madeleine Cordeau, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 30th May 1729 [2]
  • Jacques Michaud, son of Jean-Baptiste and Marie-Françoise, who married Marie-Josephte Ouellet, daughter of Augustin and Marie-Anne, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 25th June 1738 [2]
  • Joseph Michaud, son of Joseph and Catherine, who married Marguerite Cordeau, daughter of Jacques and Marguerite, in Kamouraska, Quebec on 7th April 1739 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Michaud (post 1700) +

  • Michael Herman Michaud (1955-2003), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine's 2nd district (2003-)
  • Ronald Michaud, American cartoonist, two-time recipient of the National Cartoonist Society Advertising and Illustration Award
  • Fritz Michaud, American record producer and musician
  • Michael H. Michaud (b. 1955), American Democrat politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives, 1980-94; Member of Maine State Senate, 1994-2002; U.S. Representative from Maine 2nd District, 2003-
  • Michael A. G. Michaud, American politician, U.S. Consul General in Belfast, 1980-83
  • Llewelyn R. Michaud, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1960
  • Dennis Michaud, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2008
  • Pierre Antoine Michaud, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [3]
  • Claude Ignace François Michaud, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [4]
  • Louis André Gaspard Michaud (1795-1880), French malacologist who named 23 genera and 225 species
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  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 29) Pierre Michaud. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  4. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Claude Michaud. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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