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Where did the French Beaudoin family come from? What is the French Beaudoin family crest and coat of arms? 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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Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Beaudoin, including 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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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Beaudoin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Beaudoin 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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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ubi crux, Ibi patria
Motto Translation: Where there is a cross, there is a country.

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The Beaudoin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Beaudoin 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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