Theriault History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Theriault family

The surname Theriault was first found in Champagne, where this illustrious family was established in early times.

The members of this large family formed branches in other regions, as well. The branches Thierry du Boisorcant and de la Prévalaye were established in Brittany. The branch Thiry was established in Aunis, and the members of the branch Theriault settled in Burgundy.

Early History of the Theriault family

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Theriault Spelling Variations

Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Theriault, including Théry, Thery, Téry, Tery, Terry, Thérieau, Therieau, Térieau, Terieau, Terrieau, Thériau, Theriau, Tériau, Teriau, Terriau, Thériaud, Theriaud, Tériaud, Teriaud, Terriaud, Thériaut, Theriaut, Tériaut, Terriaut, Therriault and many more.

Early Notables of the Theriault family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family during this period was Jean Thierry (1669-1739), a sculptor; Thiriot (1696-1772), who, in 1714, was a clerk with Voltaire for the same public prosecutor; Nicolas-Joseph Thiery de Menonville (1739-1780), a botanist; Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry (1795-1856), a historian; Amédée-Simon-Dominique Thierry. a historian and senator, the brother of the former; Joseph-François-Désiré Thierry, a painter, who was born in 1812 in Paris and received...
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Theriault World Ranking

In the United States, the name Theriault is the 4,376th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name Theriault is ranked the 167th most popular surname with an estimated 20,928 people with that name. [2] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Theriault is the 84th popular surname. [3]


United States Theriault migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Theriault surname were

Theriault Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antoine Theriault, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [4]
  • Marie Theriault, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [4]
  • Susan Theriault, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [4]
Theriault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Theriault, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • J. A. Theriault, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1919
  • Alf Theriault, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Conrad Theriault, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Arthur Theriault, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Theriault migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Theriault Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Theriault, aged 46, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1920

Contemporary Notables of the name Theriault (post 1700) +

  • Charles Kenneth Theriault, American politician, Member of the Maine House of Representatives (2006-2014)
  • Marcel Theriault, American Republican politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 13th District; Elected 1916 [5]
  • L. Norbert Thériault (1921-2016), Canadian politician, New Brunswick Liberal Party President (1971-1977)
  • Élisée Thériault (1884-1958), Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Council of Quebec for Kennebec (1929-1958)
  • Edward Joseph Thériault (1901-1968), Canadian politician, Senator for Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia division in 1968
  • Bruno Thériault (1917-2005), Canadian blind piano tuner and former regional administrator for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, known for having persuaded the Canadian government to incorporate raised numbers in Canadian currency
  • Milaine Thériault (b. 1973), Canadian skier
  • Eric Thériault (b. 1967), Canadian comic-book artist and writer
  • Bernard Thériault (b. 1955), Canadian politician, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs (1998-1999)
  • Denis Thériault (b. 1959), Canadian writer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  3. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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