Thibodeau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious French surname Thibodeau is a proud sign of a rich and dynamic ancestry.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, 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 surname Thibodeau was originally derived from the Old French personal name of Theobald, meaning bold or brave. [1]

Early Origins of the Thibodeau family

The surname Thibodeau was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where they held a family seat and functioned as officers of the mounted constabulary (Maréchaussés) of Bourgogne and Bresse. The name belonged to a chivalrous house dating back to the year 1400, located in the region of Berry. A gentleman from the King's chamber and three ladies established nobility on 26th September 1694, 11th June 1704, and 30th July 1706. Tibbos Hill was a settlement (now known as Wreck Cove) located in the Burin-Burgeo District, south west of Belleoram, Newfoundland. [2]

Alternatively, the name could have originated from Thiboutot, in the Pays de Caux, Normandy. "John de Thiboutot is mentioned by Des Bois in 1107; and others appear in the Exchequer Rolls of 1180-1195.Three De Thiboutots are found in the Assembly of Norman nobles in 1789. In England the name, which after ages was often changed to Tiptoft, first occurs in the Liber Niger. Ralph de Toboltot or Toboutot held a fief in Suffolk from De Clare in 1165." [3]

Pierre Thibaut, born in 1664, was a French soldier that travelled from Agen, Gascogne to Canada in the 17th century. On 24th November 1687 he married Catherine Baudry. Pierre died in Sault-au-Récollet, Quebec on 7th January 1740.

Pierre Thibodeau, born in 1631, travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. He married Jeanne Terriot in Port-Royal, Acadia in 1660 and together they had fourteen children, six sons and eight daughters. Their sons, Pierre, Jean, Antoine, Pierre, Michel, and Claude all married and carried on the family name of Thibodeau in Canada. Pierre was the founder of Chipody, Acadia, now known as Shepody, New Brunswick. He passed away while working at his mill, Pree-Ronde, on 26th December 1704.[4]

Hippolyte Thivierge, born in 1631, was a French merchant and tanner. He married Renée Herve in France and they eventually travelled together to Canada around the middle of the 17th century. They settled at Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans until Hippolyte's death on 11th December 1700. Renée passed away on 11th November 1702.[4]

François Thibeault, born in 1640, son of Louis and Renée (née Gauthier), travelled from France to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Elisabeth-Agnes Lefebvre, daughter of Guillaume and Barbe (née Viet), at Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré on 14th October 1670. They remained together in Quebec until François died on 16th November 1721. Elisabeth-Agnes passed away on 8th July 1725. [4]

Early History of the Thibodeau family

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Thibodeau Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Thibaud, Thibault, Thibaut, Thiboult, Thiboud, Thibaudeau, Thibeault, Thiboutot, Thibodeau, Tibodo, Tibbo, Tibaut and many more.

Early Notables of the Thibodeau family (pre 1700)

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Thibodeau World Ranking

In the United States, the name Thibodeau is the 2,954th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [5] However, in Canada, the name Thibodeau is ranked the 372nd most popular surname with an estimated 12,410 people with that name. [6] And in Quebec, Canada, the name Thibodeau is the 196th popular surname. [7]

United States Thibodeau migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thibodeau Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Armand Thibodeau, who landed in Massachusetts in 1755-1768 [8]
  • Joseph Thibodeau, who arrived in South Carolina in 1755-1756 [8]
  • Marguerite Thibodeau, who landed in South Carolina in 1756 [8]
  • Marie Thibodeau, aged 12, who arrived in South Carolina in 1763 [8]
  • Ollivier Thibodeau, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1763 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Thibodeau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thibodeau Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mathurin Thibodeau, who landed in Montreal in 1659
Thibodeau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Madelaine Thibodeau, aged 27, who arrived in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

Contemporary Notables of the name Thibodeau (post 1700) +

  • Sean Thibodeau, American actor, known for his role in The Ladies Man (2000), An Unkindness of Ravens (2000) and Luster (2002)
  • Michael D. Thibodeau (b. 1966), American politician and businessperson, Member of the Maine Senate (2010-)
  • Tom Thibodeau (b. 1958), American head basketball coach of the Chicago Bulls (2010-), NBA Coach of the Year (2011)
  • Arthur E. Thibodeau, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Manchester 13th Ward; Elected 1938 [9]
  • Édouard Thibodeau (1797-1836), also Thibaudeau, Canadian lawyer and politician who represented Bonaventure in the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada from 1830 to 1836

  1. ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
  3. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
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  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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