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The Croteau Coat of Arms Croteau Coat of Armswas NOT designed by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. It was designed by Sylvain Croteau in Quebec, Canada within the last 10 years.  Sylvain had been studying his family genealogy since an early age and never came across the "family crest".   After years of studying genealogy and other social aspects, he sat down one night with a friend and designed the crest you see to the left.

Some web sites elude to the Accadian musicians who enjoyed playing the fiddle or violin for entertainment and this is where our name came from.  The best documentation for the origins of the Croteau surname comes from this web site:  http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/croteau-family-crest.htm

Ancient French historical documents reveal Anjou as the origin of the name Croteau. Croteau was a name for a person who lived near a notable burial ground. The name is derived from the Latin word crypta, which means crypt. There are stories from the past that indicated the family took care of burial grounds in France.

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Crotte, de la Crotte, Crôtto, Crotta, Crotteau, Croteau, Crôteau, Crôtteau, Creteau, Crottard, Crotard, Crôtard, Crôttard, Crottet, Crotet, Crotey and many more.

First found in Anjou, where the family was anciently established."

"Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Accadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Croteau has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Croteau were Louis Croteau, who married Marie-Louise Bordeleau in Pte-aux-Trembles in 1695; Pierre Croteau, who married Marie Chartré in Charlesbourg in 1715; Jacques Croteau, who married Marie-Charlotte Dupont in St-Antoine-Tilly, QC in 1728."

Explanation of how the coat of arms was developed by Sylvain Croteau - 1980:

Sylvain Croteau

Upper Right: The blue and white color in the upper right side with three hedgehogs represents loyalty.  In ancient times, the hedgehog was considered the divine creature of agriculture which when reading about the family members, many were farmers.

Upper Left: The red shows signs of a blazing fire, the snakes and the storks show a continuous bond with mother earth.  Which in part comes from our M├ętis heritage as well.

Bottom: The sign of triumph and elevation, the three salamanders in medieval times was a belief this was the only animal that was able to walk over fire without getting burned.

In summary, the companies that proclaim to know, probably obtained our crest from THIS web site to begin with.


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