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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.


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

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.


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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 emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States, in 1921
  • Irwin Boudreaux, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1922
  • ...

  • 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
  • Robert Boudreaux, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1948
  • Doris H. Boudreaux, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1952, 1956
  • Bonnie B. Boudreaux, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 1972
  • René Emile Henri Boudreaux (1880-1915), French rugby union player

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    Other References

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    3. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    4. Vaillancourt, Emile. La Conquete du Canada par les Normands. Biographie de la premiere generation Normande du Canada. Montreal: G. Ducharme, 1930. Print.
    5. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Boudreaux Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Boudreaux 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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