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Where did the French Renaud family come from? What is the French Renaud family crest and coat of arms? When did the Renaud family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Renaud family history?

The prestigious French surname Renaud is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry. Many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The French Renaud surname comes from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements "ragin," meaning "counsel" and "wald," or "rule."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Renault, Renauld, Renaut, Renau, De Renault, de Renault, De Renaud, de Renauld, Renaud, Des Renaud, des Renaud and many more.

First found in Lorraine where they held a family seat.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Renaud research. Another 139 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1527, 1568, 1581, 1591, 1606, 1624, 1652, 1662, 1701, and 1719 are included under the topic Early Renaud History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Renaud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Pierre Renaud, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jean Renaud, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Jacques Renaud, aged 27, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785

Renaud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adolph Renaud, aged 29, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Claude F S Renaud, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850
  • Edmand Renaud, who arrived in Iowa in 1853-1860
  • Eingenus Renaud, who landed in Iowa in 1853-1860
  • Jacob Renaud, who landed in Iowa in 1853-1860


Renaud Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Alphonse Renaud, aged 29, who landed in America from Paris, in 1901
  • Alfred Renaud, aged 46, who settled in America from Paris, in 1904
  • Elise Renaud, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Eugene J. Renaud, aged 44, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1907
  • Elisa Renaud, aged 39, who settled in America from France, in 1907


Renaud Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Antoine Renaud, who landed in Montreal in 1659
  • Etienne Renaud, who arrived in Quebec in 1665
  • Guillaume (1665), Jean (1734), Pierre (1761), Renaud, all arrived in Quebec from Normandy
  • Antoine (1666) and Charles (1699) Renaud(lt) arrived in Quebec from Touraine
  • Rene (1668), Pierre (1732), Jean (1735) Renaud, all arrived in Quebec from Brittany


Renaud Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Jean Renaud settled in Quebec from Guyenne in 1720
  • Antoine and John Renaud arrived in Quebec in 1721
  • Bertrand (1758), Mathurin (1669), Vincent (1757) Renaud, all settled in Quebec from Aunis on the west coast of France
  • Alexis Renaud, aged 35, arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Renaud Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Julien Renaud from St. Pierre who was the first inhabitant of Grand Jardin, Cape St. George, Newfoundland in the early 1800's

Renaud Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Emilia Renaud, aged 39, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • E. H. Renaud, aged 49, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1914
  • Albert Renaud, aged 33, who landed in Montreal, Canada, in 1923

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  • Antoine François Renaud, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Francis Renaud (1887-1973), French sculptor, known for his granite memorials in Brittany
  • Francis Renaud (b. 1967), French film and television actor
  • Madame Madeleine Renaud (1900-1994), French Actress and officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Auguste Renaud (1835-1897), Canadian farmer and politician in New Brunswick, the first Acadian elected to the Canadian House of Commons
  • Major-General Ernest James Renaud (1890-1967), Canadian General Officer Commanding Quebec Command
  • Louis Renaud (1818-1878), Quebec businessman and political figure, member of the Senate of Canada


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The Renaud Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Renaud 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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