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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from the female personal name Maheu(t), a cognate of Mathilde, from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements maht, meht ‘might’ + hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’.
  • A Maheu or Maheust from the Perche region of France is recorded in Acadia in 1610 and again in 1612; a marriage is recorded in Quebec City in 1639.