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Where did the French Arceneaux family come from? What is the French Arceneaux family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arceneaux family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arceneaux family history?

The history of the Arceneaux family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to that coastal region known as Normandy. The name is derived from someone having lived at Arcine, in the Canton of Haute- Savoie in Normandy.

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History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Arceneaux, some of which include Arsenault, Arsenaul, Arsenaulte, Arsenauld, Arsenaud, Arsenaut, Arsenot and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this ancient family has held a family seat since very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arceneaux research. Another 291 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1257, 1264, 1347, 1452, 1600, and 1657 are included under the topic Early Arceneaux History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Arceneaux Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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By 1643 there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Since immigration was slow, 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 Arceneaux 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 Arceneaux were Pierre Arsenault (Pierre I) who was born in Rochefort in west-central France around 1646 and arrived in Acadia shortly after the 1671 census. In Acadia, Pierre I married twice and had 9 children. Pierre I, helped to found the Beaubassin settlement and several of Pierre I's children settled the Île St-Jean (today known as Prince Edward Island) during the 1730s. Pierre's eldest son, Pierre (II), explored the coasts in 1715, and his report to the authorities is a major document of the history of area. One of Pierre I's grandsons, Joseph Arsenault, became a French militia captain at Restigouche in 1759 and most likely participated in the final naval battle between the French and English for the possession of Canada in 1760. This Joseph Arsenault is the ancestor of the late Bona Arsenault, the Acadian genealogist and Québec politician. Perhaps the earliest emigrant of this name to Quebec was François Arsenau, who married Suzanne Lecomte in 1665, and died in Batiscan in 1669. Most, if not all, of the Louisiana Arceneaux families are descended from Pierre I. Several Arceneaux families, likely involved in the Acadian guerilla resistance against the English, were deported during the "Grand Derangement" and began arriving in Louisiana around 1765. One family in the Arceneaux line was among the leading cattleman and farmers in the Lafayette/Carencro region at the end of the 18th century, and many descendants still live in the area. Another line of the Arceneaux family settled near St. Martinville. Today there is still a concentration of the Arceneaux family in Louisiana, in such places as Lafayette, Ascension Parish, LaFourche Parish, Terrebonne and the greater New Orleans area. In Canada the greatest numbers live in Québec..

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  • George Arceneaux (1928-1993), United States federal judge
  • Stacey Arceneaux (b. 1936), American basketball player retired from NBA
  • Harold Arceneaux (b. 1977), American professional basketball player
  • Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972), American artist who lives and works in Los Angeles


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The Arceneaux Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arceneaux Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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