Boudreau History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Boudreau family

The surname Boudreau was first found in Languedoc, where the family was anciently established.

The members of the family also settled in other regions of France, where several of them distinguished themselves. Jean-Baptiste Boudrot was born in Tixey, in Côte-d'Or, in 1819, into a family of cultivators. He was ordained in 1843 and became a scholar. Among his writings were "L'hôtel-Dieu de Beaune" (1878) and "Le jugement dernier" (1875).

Jean Boudreau, born in 1643, son of Martin and Marie (née Foucault), travelled from Charente-Inferieure, France to Canada in 1667. He married Marie-Rose Vivien on 13th September 1673. His second marriage was in Charlesbourg on 13th December 1689 to Elizabeth Pivain. [1]

Early History of the Boudreau family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boudreau research. More information is included under the topic Early Boudreau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boudreau Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Boudreau family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Michel Boudrot (Boudreau, Boudreaux), born in La Rochelle France, he emigrated to the Acadia and became Judge and Lieutenant General, Lieutenant-général et...
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United States Boudreau migration to the United States +

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 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 United States in the 18th Century
  • Firtnin Boudreau, who landed in Maryland in 1763 [2]
  • Francois Boudreau, who arrived in New York, NY in 1763 [2]
  • Joseph Boudreau, who arrived in Maryland in 1763 [2]
  • Magdeleine Boudreau, aged 58, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1785 [2]
  • Margueritte Boudreau, aged 48, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Boudreau migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boudreau Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Judith Boudreau, aged 30, who arrived in Acadia in 1765

Contemporary Notables of the name Boudreau (post 1700) +

  • Howard Boudreau, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1964 [3]
  • Anne Boudreau, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1964 [3]
  • Louis Boudreau (1917-2001), American Major League Baseball player, American League MVP Award winner in 1948
  • Jean Boudreau (1748-1827), Canadian politician in Lower Canada
  • James Bernard "Bernie" Boudreau (b. 1944), Canadian lawyer and politician, member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
  • Roy Boudreau (b. 1946), Canadian teacher and politician, member of the legislature of New Brunswick

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Ralph  Boudreau (1872-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]
  • Mr. Walter  Boudreau (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [4]


  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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