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The present generation of the Boudreaux 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 Boudreaux family

The surname Boudreaux 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 Boudreaux family

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Boudreaux Spelling Variations

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 Boudreaux is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Boudreau, Boudreaux, Boudrot, Boudros, Boudrault, Boudreault, Boudriaux, Boudret, Boudereau, Boudereaux, Bouderot, Bouderos, Bouderault, Boudereault, Boudreiaux, Bouderet and many more.

Early Notables of the Boudreaux 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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Boudreaux Ranking

In the United States, the name Boudreaux is the 1,976th most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [2]

United States Boudreaux migration to the United States +

French settlers came early to North American, following in the wake of the explorers, and creating New France. Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain is said to have been the first American site founded as a permanent settlement, rather than as just a commercial outpost. But emigration was slow, in 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 French people in Quebec, and by 1663, when the region was officially made The Royal Colony of New France, by Louis XIV, there still only around 500 settlers. Over 2,000 would arrive during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. Youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted immigrants, both noble and commoner from France. By 1675, there were around 7000 French in the colony, and by that 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. Despite the loss of the Colony to England, the French people flourished in Lower Canada. Among settlers to North America of the Boudreaux surname were

Boudreaux Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Paul Boudreaux, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1917
  • Earl Boudreaux, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1919
  • Eral T. Boudreaux, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Emile Boudreaux, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Irwin Boudreaux, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Boudreaux (post 1700) +

  • Robert Boudreaux, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948 [3]
  • Doris H. Boudreaux, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1952, 1956 [3]
  • Bonnie B. Boudreaux, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1972 [3]
  • John Landry “Buddy” Boudreaux (1917-2015), American big band and jazz musician in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Warren Louis Boudreaux (1918-1997), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Corey Boudreaux (b. 1985), American football player
  • Randy Boudreaux, American producer and songwriter of country music
  • Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (b. 1941), the American Big Chief of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Golden Eagles
  • Donald J. Boudreaux, American professor of economics at George Mason University
  • René Emile Henri Boudreaux (1880-1915), French rugby union player

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook