Painchaud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Painchaud is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Painchaud family lived in Devon. Their name, however, is a reference to Pontchardon, in Argentan, Normandy, the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early Origins of the Painchaud family

The surname Painchaud was first found in Devon where Robert de Pontcardon held lands in 1083. He was from Pontcardon (Pontchardon), near Neauffla in Normandy. Almost one hundred years later, William de Punchardon held six fees in Somerset and Devon. [1]

Early History of the Painchaud family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Painchaud research. Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1242, 1590, 1662 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Painchaud History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Painchaud Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Painchaud are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Painchaud include Punchon, Puncheon, Punchard, Punshardon, Punshow and many more.

Early Notables of the Painchaud family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Painchaud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Painchaud migration to Canada +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Painchaud, or a variant listed above:

Painchaud Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Painchaud, who married Marie Catherine Couvret in Montréal in 1732
  • François Painchaud, who married Marie Nuiret at Québec in 1758

Contemporary Notables of the name Painchaud (post 1700) +

  • François Painchaud, Canadian lawyer, businessman and lecturer at McGill University
  • Chad Painchaud (b. 1986), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • Charles-François Painchaud (1782-1838), Canadian Roman Catholic priest and educator
  • Charles-François Painchaud (1815-1891), Canadian physician and politician who represented Verchères in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada in 1863
  • Dr. Louis Painchaud, Canadian Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Laval
  • Alexis Painchaud (1792-1850), Canadian merchant marine captain, ship owner, merchant, and justice of the peace
  • Patrice Painchaud, Quebec musician and singer


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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