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

The proud French name of Lejeune comes from a Breton name for a person of youthful appearance or a person who was the youngest member of some group. The name Lejeune is derived from the Old French word jeune, which means young.

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The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Lejeune is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lajeunesse, Lajeunne, Lejeune, Jeunesse, Jeune, Jeunet, Jeuneau, Jeuneaux and many more.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lejeune research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1530, 1570, 1592, 1600, 1672, 1688, 1762, 1775, 1819, 1841, 1845, 1848, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Lejeune History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lejeune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, 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. By the 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. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Lejeune 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 Lejeune were

Lejeune Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Antoine LeJeune, who landed in Maryland in 1763
  • Blaise LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Felicite LeJeune, aged 45, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Jean LeJeune, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785


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  • Michael L Lejeune, American international finance official, California
  • Louis Lejeune (1884-1969), French sculptor
  • Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune, French geneticist, a recipient of the National Order of Merit and the Kennedy Prize, Paris
  • Michel Lejeune, French research director
  • Claire Lejeune, Belgian writer


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