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

The present generation of the Boudreau family is only the most recent to bear a name that originated in that ancient area known as Languedoc. Their name comes from having lived in Languedoc, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.


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 Boudreau, some of which include Boudreau, Boudreaux, Boudrot, Boudros, Boudrault, Boudreault, Boudriaux, Boudret, Boudereau, Boudereaux, Bouderot, Bouderos, Bouderault, Boudereault, Boudreiaux, Bouderet and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family was anciently established.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boudreau research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1819, 1843, 1875, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Boudreau History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


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 Boudreau 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 Boudreau were

Boudreau Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jean Boudreau, the son of Martin Boudreau and of Marie Foucault, of Saint-Porchaire, in Charente-Inférieure, who arrived in New France around 1667

Boudreau Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Firtnin Boudreau, who landed in Maryland in 1763
  • Francois Boudreau, who arrived in New York, NY in 1763
  • Joseph Boudreau, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Magdeleine Boudreau, aged 58, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Margueritte Boudreau, aged 48, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785


  • Louis Boudreau (1917-2001), American Major League Baseball player, American League MVP Award winner in 1948
  • Jean Boudreau (1748-1827), political figure in Lower Canada
  • Roy Boudreau (b. 1946), Canadian teacher and politician, member of the legislature of New Brunswick
  • James Bernard "Bernie" Boudreau (b. 1944), Canadian lawyer and politician, member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly


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