The history of the Micheaux 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 Micheaux family
The surname Micheaux was first found in Languedoc
where this renowned family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Micheaux family
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Micheaux Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Micheaux, 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 Micheaux family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Micheaux family to the New World and Oceana
Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Micheaux has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Micheaux were Jean-Baptiste Michau who settled in Quebec in 1697; Joseph Michaud settled in Quebec in 1702; F. Michaud, aged 31; settled in New Orleans in 1823; J. F. Michaud, aged 44.
Contemporary Notables of the name Micheaux (post 1700)
- Nicki Micheaux (b. 1971), American actress, best known for her role on ABC Family's Lincoln Heights
- Oscar Devereaux Micheaux (1884-1951), American author, film director and independent producer of more than 44 films, the first major African-American feature filmmaker
- Larry Wayne Micheaux (b. 1960), American professional NBA basketball player who played from 1983 through 1994