Surname Origins

According to the Internet Surname Database, the Lanctot surname has not been researched.  It is my belief that it originated in France with its original spelling of “Lanqueteau” … that belief is completely undocumented at this point, but it’s all I’ve got.

Surname in my Tree

My closest Lanctot ancestor is my grandfather Ed Lanctot (1922-2011).  His father was Louis Phelisa Lanctot (1887-1922), and his father was Joseph Zenophile Lanctot (1861-1913).  Joseph’s father was Pierre Lanctot (1824-1896) and I believe that his father was Louis Lanctot from France.  It is at this point that my information overlaps information obtained through a cousin and we are in the process of confirming.  If confirmed, my line will then go back the mid-1600s in France.


Because I’m still trying to link Pierre to Louis Lanctot, I’ll start with Pierre.  I know that he was born in Quebec, Canada around 1824, and I believe his parents are Louis Lanctot and Veronique Mongeau.  He married Sophia Longtin on November 18, 1851 and they appear in the 1861 census in Saint-Philippe, Laprairie, Quebec, and again in 1871 and 1881.  They had 8 known children: Pierre Alexandre, Exilda, Louis Wilfrid, Philippe, Joseph Zenophile (my 2nd great grandfather), Rosalie, Marie Louise, and Delima.  Zenophile and Eliza Bourke were married April 17, 1881 in Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska, and by 1882 had one child.  They migrated to Dakota Territory (eventually South Dakota) around 1885 and resided there for the remainder of their lives.  They returned to Mead, Saunders, Nebraska for a short time in 1887, which is where my great grandfather Louis Lanctot was born.  He is the only child not born in South Dakota.

Prior to Pierre, it seems that the Lanctot line has been in Quebec since the mid 1600s, with my most distant (so far) Lanctot ancestor born about 1620 in Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France, and migrating prior to 1650 to Canada.

Future Research

I need to locate Louis and his family on earlier Canadian censuses (pre-1851), which I hope will shed some light on his parents.  Once I can make a connection to the cousin line, I expect to have a much, much longer to-do list.


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