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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.
The surname Michaud was first found in Languedoc where this renowned family held a family seat since ancient times.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Michaud research. Another 707 words (50 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.
More information is included under the topic Early Michaud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebe c. 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
Michaud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Michaud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Michaud Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The Michaud Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Michaud Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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