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

The Arsenault name comes from that Medieval landscape of northern France known as Normandy. The name Arsenault was originally derived from a family having lived at Arcine, in the Canton of Haute- Savoie in Normandy.


The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Arsenault 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.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where this ancient family has held a family seat since very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Arsenault research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1257, 1264, 1347, 1452, 1600, and 1657 are included under the topic Early Arsenault History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Arsenault 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 Arsenault 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 Arsenault were

Arsenault Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frances S. Arsenault, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1912
  • S. Henri Adalsat Arsenault, aged 78, who emigrated to the United States from Lyon, France, in 1914
  • Marie Arsenault, aged 23, who landed in America from Lyon, France, in 1919
  • Anthony Arsenault, aged 35, who settled in America from Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1924

Arsenault Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Albert Arsenault, aged 27, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Alphonse Arsenault, aged 19, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1918
  • Jules Arsenault, aged 57, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1920
  • Edmond Arsenault, aged 43, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1923


  • Nelson Arsenault, American Democrat politician, Chair of Huron County Democratic Party, 2003
  • Joseph-Octave Arsenault (1866-1918), Canadian Acadian teacher and Senator
  • Angèle Arsenault OC, OPEI (1943-2014), Canadian Acadian composer and singer from Prince Edward Island
  • Aubin-Edmond Arsenault (1870-1968), Canadian politician, Premier of Prince Edward Island from 1917 to 1919, son of Joseph-Octave
  • Adrienne Arsenault, Canadian two-time Gemini Award winning CBC News correspondent
  • Bona Arsenault (1903-1993), Canadian Acadian historian and genealogist


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