Robichaud History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Robichaud family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany. It is derived from the family living in Brittany.

Early Origins of the Robichaud family

The surname Robichaud was first found in Brittany, where they held a family seat in the seigniory of Trorolland, and were members of the aristocracy of that region.

By the 15th century this distinguished family had branched to Ile-de-France and the island of Jersey, in the Channel Islands. The members of the family retained their aristocratic status and flourished on their estates until the Revolution in 1789, when many of their estates were lost.

Pierre Robichaud, son of Prudent and Henriette (née Petitpas), travelled from France to Canada and married Marie-Anne Bourgeois in Port-Royal, Acadia on 8th February 1724. [1]

Early History of the Robichaud family

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Robichaud Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Robichaud include Robichon, Robichau, Robichaud, Robichauld, Robichault, Robicheau, Robichou, Robichoud and many more.

Early Notables of the Robichaud family (pre 1700)

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United States Robichaud migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. 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. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 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 Robichaud 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 Robichaud were

Robichaud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Abigal Robichaud, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [2]
  • Anne Robichaud, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [2]
  • Frances Robichaud, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [2]
  • Henri Robichaud, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [2]
  • Honore Robichaud, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Robichaud migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Robichaud Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Etienne Robichaud, who was on record in Acadia in about 1660
Robichaud Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Robichaud, son of Étienne and Françoise, who married Anne Bourg, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Port-Royal, Acadia on 18th June 1703 [3]
  • Joseph Robichaud, son of Prudent and Henriette, who married Marie Forest, daughter of René and Françoise, in Port-Royal, Acadia on 7th February 1718 [3]
  • Prudent Robichaud, son of Prudent and Henriette, who married Françoise Bourgeois, daughter of Germain and Madeleine, in Port-Royal, Acadia on 10th January 1719 [3]
  • Pierre Robichaud, son of Prudent and Henriette, who married Marie-Madeleine Bourgeois, daughter of Germain and Madeleine, in Port-Royal, Acadia on 8th February 1724 [3]
  • Jean Robichaud, son of Charles and Marie, who married Marie-Claire Leblanc, daughter of André and Marie-Jeanne, in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia on 30th April 1726 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Robichaud Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Louis Robichaud who settled in Port Royal, Acadia

Contemporary Notables of the name Robichaud (post 1700) +

  • Fernand Robichaud PC (b. 1939), Canadian politician, Senator for New Brunswick (1997-2014)
  • Carmel Robichaud, Canadian politician and retired teacher, Minister of Local Government (2007-2008), Minister of Family and Community Services (2006-2007)
  • Albany M. Robichaud (1903-1974), Canadian politician, Member of Parliament for Gloucester (1952-1953)
  • Paul Robichaud (b. 1964), Canadian politician, Deputy Premier of New Brunswick (2010-2014), Minister of Natural Resources (2013-2014), Minister of Economic Development (2010-2013), Minister of Transportation (2003-2006)
  • Most Reverend Norbert Robichaud, Canadian clergyman, Archbishop of Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Hon. Louis Joseph Robichaud (1925-2005), Canadian senator, 25th Premier of New Brunswick, 1960-1970
  • Jean George Robichaud (1883-1969), Canadian fish merchant and politician who represented Gloucester County in the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick from 1917 to 1922
  • Hédard Joseph Robichaud (1911-1999), Acadian-Canadian Member of Parliament, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick (1971-1981), the first Acadian to be Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
  • Gary Robichaud (1962-2005), Canadian teacher and politician, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Prince Edward Island (2002-2005)
  • Elvy Robichaud (b. 1951), Canadian former politician, Minister of Health and Wellness (2001-2006), Minister of Education (1999-2001)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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