Humanities › History & Culture GAUTHIER Surname Meaning and Family History Share Flipboard Email Print Bader-Butowski / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated November 11, 2019 Gauthier is a surname often given to lumbermen, originating from the Old French gault and Gaelic gaut, meaning "forest." It comes 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 philosopherThéophile Gautier: French poet and authorClaude Gauthier: French-Canadian singer-songwriterMylène Jeanne Gautier: French-Canadian singer-songwriter Mylène Farmer Where is the GAUTHIER Surname Most Common? According to surname distribution from Forebears, Gauthier is the 20th most common surname in Canada and the 45th most common surname in France. 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 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, don't wait. 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. 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. Sources Cottle, Basil. "The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames." Penguin Reference Books, Paperback, 2nd edition, Puffin, August 7, 1984. Dorward, David. "Scottish Surnames by David Dorward." Paperback, Interlink Publishing Group, 1845. Fucilla, Joseph Guerin. "Our Italian Surnames." Genealogical Publishing Company, January 1, 1998. "Gauthier Surname Definition." Forebears, 2012-2019. Hanks, Patrick. "A Dictionary of Surnames." Flavia Hodges, Oxford University Press, February 23, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. "Dictionary of American Family Names." 1st Edition, Oxford University Press, May 8, 2003. Reaney, Percy H. "A Dictionary of English Surnames." Oxford Paperback Reference, Oxford University Press, January 1, 2005. Smith, Elsdon Coles. "American Surnames." 1st Edition, Chilton Book Co., June 1, 1969.