GAUTHIER - Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Gauthier Mean?

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Gauthier is a surname often given to lumbermen, originating from the Old French gault and Gaelic gaut, meaning "forest." 2) From the germanic elements wald meaning "to govern," and hari, meaning "armed."

Surname Origin: French

Alternate Surname Spellings: GAUTIE, GAUTHIE, GAUTHIEZ, GOTHIER, GAUTIER, GAULTIER, GAULTHIER, LES GAUTHIER, LE GAUTHIER

Famous People with the GAUTHIER Surname

  • David Gauthier - Canadian-American philosopher
  • Théophile Gautier - French poet and author
  • Claude Gauthier - French-Canadian singer-songwriter
  • Mylène Jeanne Gautier - French-Canadian singer-songwriter Mylène Farmer
     

Where is the GAUTHIER Surname Most Common?

According to surname distribution from Forebears, Gauthier is the 21st most common surname in Canada and the 38th most common surname in France. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates that within Canada, the name is most common in Prince Edward Island, followed by Quebec and the Northeast Territories. In France, the name is most prevalent in central France, with the highest density in the departments of Jura and Loir-et-Cher.
 

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GAUTHIER

Meanings of Common French Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common French surnames.

How to Research French Ancestry
If you are one of those people who have avoided delving into your French ancestry due to fears that the research would be too difficult, then wait no more!

France is a country with excellent genealogical records, and it is very likely that you will be able to trace your French roots back several generations once you understand how and where the records are kept.

Gauthier Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Gauthier family crest or coat of arms for the Gauthier surname.

 Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

GAUTHIER Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Gauthier ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - GAUTHIER Genealogy
Explore over 360,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Gauthier surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GAUTHIER Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Gauthier surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages.

DistantCousin.com - GAUTHIER Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Gauthier.

GeneaNet - Gauthier Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Gauthier surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Gauthier Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Gauthier surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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