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

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Arsenault Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Quebe c. 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

  • Samantha Arsenault (b. 1981), American gold medalist swimmer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Raymond Ostby Arsenault (b. 1948), American historian and academic
  • Frank Arsenault (1919-1974), American percussionist, teacher and Educational Field Representative for the Ludwig Drum Company, best known for his recording of The 26 Standard American Drum Rudiments and Selected Solos
  • Duncan Charles Arsenault (b. 1974), American drummer, known for his work with The Curtis Mayflower, The Curtain Society, Sam James and more
  • Joseph Alfred Arsenault (1938-2007), American blues and jazz organ player
  • Nelson Arsenault, American Democrat politician, Chair of Huron County Democratic Party, 2003
  • Joseph Wilfred Arsenault (1953-2011), Canadian politician who represented Evangeline-Miscouche in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 2000 to 2007
  • Télésphore Arsenault (1872-1964), Canadian politician, businessman and farmer, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Kent (1930-1935)
  • Pierre Jean Arsenault (b. 1963), Canadian professional baseball scout for the Miami Marlins
  • Prosper A. Arsenault (1894-1987), Canadian educator and politician who represented 1st Prince in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island (1956 to 1959) and (1962 to 1970)
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    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Arsenault Family Crest was acquired from the 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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