Thibodeaux History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The prestigious French surname Thibodeaux 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 Thibodeaux was originally derived from the Old French personal name of Theobald, meaning bold or brave. [1]

Early Origins of the Thibodeaux family

The surname Thibodeaux 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 Thibodeaux family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thibodeaux research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1844, 1924 and 1921 are included under the topic Early Thibodeaux History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Thibodeaux 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 Thibodeaux family (pre 1700)

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Thibodeaux Ranking

In the United States, the name Thibodeaux is the 2,930th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [5]


United States Thibodeaux migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thibodeaux Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Firmin Blais Thibodeaux, (b. 1783), aged 2, French settler traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 [6]
  • Miss Isabelle Thibodeaux, (b. 1775), aged 10, French settler traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 [6]
  • Mr. Firmin Thibodeaux, (b. 1760), aged 25, French sailor traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 [6]
  • Mr. Jean Thibodeaux, (b. 1748), aged 37, French settler traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 [6]
  • Mr. Blaise Thibodeaux, (b. 1723), aged 62, French sailor traveling aboard the ship "Le Saint-Remi" arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana on 10th September 1785 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Thibodeaux Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elise Thibodeaux, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Chicago, Ill., in 1923
  • Page Thibodeaux, aged 20, who immigrated to Chicago, Ill., in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Thibodeaux (post 1700) +

  • Matthew Thibodeaux, American actor, known for Home Remedy (2017), Caught In Love (2018) and Dreams of Grandeur (2020)
  • Donovan Thibodeaux, American sound engineer, known for his work on Project Power (2020), Keanu (2016) and Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)
  • John Thibodeaux, American five-time Primetime Emmy nominated actor and writer, known for Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale: Who's Going to Clean Up This Sh*t? (2016), Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand: Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (2020) and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
  • Cherie Thibodeaux, American actress, known for her work on 9-1-1: Lone Star (2020), Jennifer Falls (2014) and Everybody Loves Raymond: The Last Laugh (2005)
  • Keith Trevis Thibodeaux (b. 1974), former American football cornerback
  • Antoine "Tony" Thibodeaux (1938-2010), prominent American Cajun fiddler
  • Bannon Goforth Thibodeaux (1812-1866), member of the U. S. House of Representatives
  • Kathy Thibodeaux, American co-founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Magnificat!
  • Rufus Thibodeaux (1934-2005), American Cajun music fiddler
  • Keith Thibodeaux (b. 1950), former American child actor and musician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 7 Ships Acadian Expedition of 1785 retrieved 4th October 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.acadian-cajun.com/7ships.htm)


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