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

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.


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.

First found in Brittany, where they held a family seat in the seigniory of Trorolland, and were members of the aristocracy of that region.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Robichaud research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1751 and 1789 are included under the topic Early Robichaud History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Robichaud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • Anne Robichaud, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Frances Robichaud, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Henri Robichaud, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768
  • Honore Robichaud, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768

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

  • Joseph Robichaud, who married Élisabeth Bau in Boucherville, Quebec in 1766
  • Joseph Robichaud, who married Louise Chouinard in St-Jean-Port-Joli, in 1773
  • Dominique Robichaud, who married Madeleine Vachon in Quebec, in 1775
  • Louis Robichaud, the son of Prudent Robichaud and of Huguette Petitpas, Acadians, who was born in 1703, and married Jeanne Bourgeois in Annapolis, Acadia, in 1730 and died in Quebec City in 1780

Robichaud Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Louis Robichaud who came to Port Royal, Acadia


  • 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)



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