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Where did the French Beaudoin family come from? When did the Beaudoin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Beaudoin family history?

The name Beaudoin originated during the Dark Ages in France, in that southern region known as Languedoc. This family name is derived from the Germanic personal name Baldwin, which is composed of the elements bald, which means bold or brave and wine, which means friend.

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French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Beaudoin is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Beaudoin, Beaudoins, Beaudouin, Beauduin, Beauduoin, Beaudiun, Beauddoin, Beauddoins, Beauddouin, Beaudduin, Beaudduoin, Beauddiun, Bodoin, Bodoins, Bodouin, Boduin, Boduoin, Bodiun, Boddoin, Boddoyn, Boddoins, Boddouin, Bodduin, Bodduoin, Boddiun, Baudoin, Baudoins, Baudouin, Bauduoin, Baudiun, Bauddoin, Bauddoins, Bauddouin, Baudduin, Baudduoin, Bauddiun, Beudoin, Beudoins, Beudouin, Beuduin, Beuduoin, Beudiun, Beuddoin, Beuddoins and many more.

First found in Brittany where the family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Beaudoin research. Another 275 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1490, 1542, 1571, 1696, and 1710 are included under the topic Early Beaudoin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 187 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Beaudoin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that same year the Acadian 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Beaudoin surname were

Beaudoin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Andre Beaudoin, who arrived in Louisiana in 1718

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  • First Lieutenant Raymond O Beaudoin, American soldier, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Louis-René Beaudoin (1912-1970), Canadian lawyer and politician from Quebec, who served as Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons (1953-1957)
  • Gérald A Beaudoin (b. 1929), Canadian lawyer and Senator from Montreal, Quebec
  • Louise Beaudoin (b. 1945), Canadian Quebec politician and University Professor
  • Laurent Beaudoin (b. 1938), Canadian businessman, who became the CEO of Bombardier, Inc. in 1979
  • Yves Beaudoin (b. 1965), Canadian professional (NHL) ice hockey player


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