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

From the historical and enchanting region of France emerged a multitude of notable family names, including that of the distinguished Lebrun family. Originally, the people in this region went by one (personal) name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. These names then began to become "fixed" or hereditary between the generations. One of the types of names adopted as surnames were those derived from nicknames. Nicknames, or "eke-names," were an added name that generally reflected some physical characteristics or other attribute of the person that used the name. The Lebrun surname derives from the Old French word "brun," meaning "brown;" and as such was a nickname for someone who habitually dressed in the color brown.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Lebrun, Le Brun, Les Bruns, Brun, Brunne, Des Bruns, De brun, De Brun, Debrun, Des brun, Le Brune and many more.

First found in Poitou where this noble family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lebrun research. Another 785 words(56 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1661, 1683, 1662, 1700, 1789, 1791, 1815, 1789, 1805, 1810, 1619 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Lebrun History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lebrun Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lebrun Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Moize LeBrun settled in Rhode Island in 1686

Lebrun Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter LeBrun settled in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • Ettine LeBrun, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Jacques LeBrun settled in Louisiana in 1756
  • Charles Lebrun, who landed in Connecticut in 1763
  • Claude LeBrun, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1764


Lebrun Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • J. Lebrun, aged 24, settled in New York in 1820
  • Victor LeBrun, aged 49, settled in New York in 1820
  • Augusto Lebrun, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1851
  • Carlos LeBrun, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1866
  • Santiago Felipe LeBrun, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1874

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  • Napoleon Eugene Charles Henry LeBrun (1821-1901), American architect, best known for his design of the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York
  • Marie Élisabeth Louise Vigée Lebrun (1755-1842), French painter
  • Albert Lebrun (1871-1950), French statesman, President of France from 1932 to 1940
  • Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun (1729-1807), French lyric poet
  • Charles-François Lebrun (1739-1824), 1st Duke of Plaisance, Prince of the Empire, a French statesman
  • Louise Élisabeth Vigée LeBrun (1755-1842), French painter, the most important female painter of the 18th century
  • Pierre-Antoine Lebrun (1785-1873), French poet
  • Céline Lebrun (b. 1976), French six-time gold, three-time silver and five-time bronze medalist judoka
  • Ludwig August Lebrun (1752-1790), German oboist and composer
  • Francesca Lebrun (1756-1791), noted 18th-century German singer and composer


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