Primeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Primeau family

The surname Primeau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family was anciently seated in a village in Côte-d'Or, in the district of Beaune.

The members of the family also branched to other regions, where several of them distinguished themselves through their various accomplishments. The branch Primard was established in a seigniory in Brittany, erected in 1696 for De Limoges. The branch Primont gave its name to Primont, a village in the department of Ariège.

Claude-François-Marie Primat, a prelate, was born in Lyon in 1747. He was ordained a priest at the age of 28. In 1786, he was named parish priest of Saint-Jacques in Douai, in 1802, he was named to the archdiocese in Toulouse, and in 1806, he was named senator and count of the empire. He died in Toulouse in 1816.

Jean Primeau was a sergeant for Mr. Macari and he travelled from La Rochelle, France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Marie Bouchard, daughter of Guillaume and Françoise, at Montreal on 18th November 1686. [1]

Early History of the Primeau family

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Primeau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Primeau, Primeaux, Primaud, Primauld, Primaut, Primault, Primaux, Primaulx, Primot, Primat, Primard, Primet and many more.

Early Notables of the Primeau family (pre 1700)

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Canada Primeau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Primeau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Primeau, son of Louis and Étiennette, who married Marie Bouchard, daughter of Guillaume and Françoise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 18th November 1686 [2]
  • François Primeau, who married Madeleine Deneau in Laprairie in 1687
Primeau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Claude Primeau, son of François and Madeleine, who married Angélique Babeu, daughter of André and Anne, in La Prairie, Quebec on 14th June 1717 [2]
  • Pierre Primeau, son of François and Madeleine, who married Marie-Anne Couillard, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Lachine, Quebec on 10th February 1721 [2]
  • Pierre Primeau, who married Marie-Anne Chouillard in Lachine, Quebec in 1721
  • Paul Primeau, son of François and Madeleine, who married Marie-Josephte Couillard, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Quebec on 16th January 1731 [2]
  • Joachim Primeau, who married Madeleine Benoit in Longueil in 1734
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Primeau (post 1700) +

  • Verdell Primeau, singer of harmonized Native American Church (peyote) songs, with Johnny Mike (Diné)
  • Charles Primeau (1814-1897), fur trader on the Missouri River, clerk, bourgeois of Fort Pierre, 1882 treaty Lakota interpreter
  • Pierre Primeau (b. 1770), French-Canadian engagé on the Missouri River and 1825 treaty Ponca interpreter, brother of Paul, father of Antoine aka Lone Chief, chief of the Ponca mixedbloods
  • Paul Primeau (1776-1851), French-Canadian engagé on the first leg of the Lewis and Clark Expedition up to the Mandan
  • Lesley Primeau, Canadian radio personality
  • Kevin Primeau (b. 1956), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Keith Primeau (b. 1971), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Joe Primeau (1906-1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Wayne Primeau (b. 1976), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • A Joseph Primeau, Canadian professional ice hockey player


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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