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

The proud French name of Lejeune comes from a Breton name for a person of youthful appearance or a person who was the youngest member of some group. The name Lejeune is derived from the Old French word jeune, which means young.

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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 Lejeune is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lajeunesse, Lajeunne, Lejeune, Jeunesse, Jeune, Jeunet, Jeuneau, Jeuneaux and many more.

First found in Brittany, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lejeune research. Another 253 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1530, 1570, 1592, 1600, 1672, 1688, 1762, 1775, 1819, 1841, 1845, 1848, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Lejeune History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 52 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lejeune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 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, Acadia 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. 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 Lejeune were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lejeune were

Lejeune Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Antoine LeJeune, who landed in Maryland in 1763
  • Blaise LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Felicite LeJeune, aged 45, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Jean LeJeune, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785


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  • Michael L Lejeune, American international finance official, California
  • Louis Lejeune (1884-1969), French sculptor
  • Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune, French geneticist, a recipient of the National Order of Merit and the Kennedy Prize, Paris
  • Michel Lejeune, French research director
  • Claire Lejeune, Belgian writer


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  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
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The Lejeune Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lejeune 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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