Show ContentsRabideau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland of the distinguished surname Rabideau. The earliest hereditary surnames in France were either patronymic surnames, derived from the father's given name, or metronymic names, derived from the mother's given name. Rabideau is derived from the Old French personal name Robert, which is composed of the Germanic elements "hrod," meaning "bright," and "berht," meaning "bright," or "famous."

Early Origins of the Rabideau family

The surname Rabideau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this renowned family has held a family seat since the Middle Ages.

The earliest and only member recorded from this family in Bourgogne was Lancelot Le Robert, Lord of la Tour de Pancy and part of Annoux, who became the Secretary of the Duke of Bourgogne, and successively owned Pontailler-sur-Saône, and the Lordships of Montréal and Châtel-Girard in 1445. He was assassinated by his wife. His descendants were recorded as possessors of the Lordship of Pancy in the seventeenth century.

Other notable descendants under this name were: Hubert (1733-1808), landscape painter; François (1737-1819), who was the King's Geographer and a politician; Pierre-François-Joseph (1763-1826), who was a member of the National Convention; Louis-Léopold (1794-1835), who was a talented Swiss painter; Louis-Benoît and Simon, who were Generals and were both honoured as Barons of the Empire in 1811.

Mathurin Robert, born in 1665, son of Pierre and Julienne (née Guilmette), travelled from Brittany (French: Bretagne) to Canada in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec he married Elizabeth Marcot, daughter of Nicolas and Martine (née Taurey), at Pointe-aux-Trembles on 30th July 1691. 1

Early History of the Rabideau family

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Rabideau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Robert, Robers, Robart, Roberte, Robertes, Robarte, Robartes, Robarts, Roberrt, Roberrs, Roberre, Robèrre, Robarres, Robarrs, Robarre, le Robert, le Robers, de Robert, de Robers and many more.

Early Notables of the Rabideau family

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Rabideau Ranking

In the United States, the name Rabideau is the 8,440th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

Migration of the Rabideau family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Louis Robert settled in Quebec in 1665; Sylvain Robert settled there in 1756; Mathurin settled there in 1691; René settled there in 1773.

Contemporary Notables of the name Rabideau (post 1700) +

  • Shawn Rabideau (b. 1975), American lifestyle expert and event planner
  • William Rabideau, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 10th District, 1932, 1934, 1936 3

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook