Early Origins of the Comeaux Family
The surname Comeau was first found in Burgundy, France, an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this family was established in earlier times.
The family can be traced back to Guiot Comeau, who was qualified as a lord and recipient of Pouilly-en-Auxois in 1520. His son, Claude Comeau, had among other children, a son, Jean Ier, a criminal lieutenant-general in the bailiwick of Dijon, and another son, Jean, a man-at-arms in the company of the Count of Charnay, then a house marshal in the company of Souhey, who was ennobled in 1603 and who became the father of the family branches of la Serrée and Thoisy.
NEW FRANCE: Immigration to New France was slow; In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged amongst the immigrants., and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued.
Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 defiant French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were exiled from the region. In 1765 most Acadians found refuge in Louisiana and eventually became known as Cajuns.
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