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Where did the French Arseneault family come from? What is the French Arseneault family crest and coat of arms? When did the Arseneault family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Arseneault family history?The name Arseneault has a long French heritage that first began in the northern region of Normandy. The name is derived from when the family lived at Arcine, in the Canton of Haute- Savoie in Normandy.
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 Arseneault is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Arsenault, Arsenaul, Arsenaulte, Arsenauld, Arsenaud, Arsenaut, Arsenot and many more.
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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 Arseneault surname 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 Arseneault 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 Arseneault 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..
The Arseneault Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Arseneault 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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