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Robitaille History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The history of the Robitaille name began during the Middle Ages in a region known as Brittany. The French name is derived from the Germanic name Robert, which is composed of the elements hrod, meaning famous, and berht, meaning bright.


Early Origins of the Robitaille family


The surname Robitaille was first found in Brittany.

The members of the branches Robitaille de Pont and de la Virginais were originally from Brittany. Olivier Robitaille, lord of la Busardière, was cited in the records of 1543. Jean Robitaille, originally from Auchy-au-bois in Pas-de-Calais, was mayor of Domfort and married Madame of Herbecourt. This celebrated family had their nobility status confirmed in 1730 and 1777. One of its members was a bishop of Coutenances in 1836.


Early History of the Robitaille family


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Robitaille Spelling Variations


Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations of this name, Robitaille some of which are Robitaille, Robital, Robitail, Robitaile, Robitale and many more.

Early Notables of the Robitaille family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Robitaille family to the New World and Oceana


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 Robitaille 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 Robitaille were

Robitaille Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Robitaille, who was enumerated in the censure of the 25 of May, 1700 at Biloxi
  • Jeanne-Marguerite Robitaille, who was married to Jean Mautembaunumère in 1731

Robitaille Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ernest Robitaille, who arrived in California in 1879 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Robitaille Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henri Robitaille, aged 36, who immigrated to America from Paris, France, in 1909
  • Josephine Robitaille, aged 26, who landed in America from Bresse, France, in 1911
  • Julis Robitaille, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from St. Nazaire, France, in 1915
  • Edouard Robitaille, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Bellancourt, France, in 1917
  • Edouard Robitaille, aged 37, who landed in America from French Front, France, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robitaille Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jean Robitaille, son of Jean and Martine, married Marguerite Buletez, daughter of Isidore and Louise, in Quebec on 27th November 1670 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Robitaille, son of Jean and Martine, married Marie Maufait, daughter of Pierre and Marie, in Quebec on 5th May 1675 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.

Robitaille Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Charles-François Robitaille, son of Jean and Marguerite, married Marie-Louise Delisle, daughter of Louis and Louise, in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec on 26th october 1705 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • André Robitaille, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marguerite Hamel, daughter of Jean-François and Anne-Félicité, in Lorette, Quebec on 19th January 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Jean Robitaille, son of Pierre and Marie, married Marguerite Meunier, daughter of Mathurin and Marie-Madeleine, in Lorette, Quebec on 26th January 1717 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Pierre Robitaille, son of Pierre and Marie, married Madeleine Berthiaume, daughter of Jacques and Catherine, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 27th November 1721 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • Philippe Robitaille, son of Jean and Martine, married Madeleine Warren, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 27th November 1721 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Robitaille Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alice Robitaille, aged 25, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Robitaille (post 1700)


  • Joseph Anthony "Chick" Robitaille (1879-1947), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • John F. Robitaille, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Rhode Island, 2012
  • Louis Robitaille (b. 1982), retired Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Jean-Marc Robitaille (b. 1955), member of the Canadian House of Commons
  • J F Robitaille, Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Olivier Robitaille (1811-1896), Canadian physician and businessman
  • Louis Robitaille (b. 1957), Canadian ballet dancer
  • Lorenzo Robitaille (b. 1882), Canadian politician
  • Pat Robitaille, Canadian folk rock musician
  • Patrice Robitaille (b. 1974), Canadian actor and writer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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