Leduc History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Leduc is an ancient French name from Brittany. It was a name given to a person who was a person who put on the airs and graces of a Duke, or for a servant who worked in the household of a Duke.

Early Origins of the Leduc family

The surname Leduc was first found in Brittany where they held a family seat in the honor of the seigneurie of Blardais, Busnelaye, and Rouvray.

By the 13th century they also branched to St. Sulspice in Normandy. Members of the Norman branch became seigneurs, and in this region they held a family seat at Duquerie. The family gradually, over the next three or four centuries, moved eastward to île-de-France, to Hainaut and finally to Flanders (Belgium).

In the latter region they held a family seat at Masnuy-St.Pierre, and members of this branch became knights in 1735. In Flanders they were Barons in 1787, just before the revolution, and intermarried with the distinguished family of Miche. In île-de-France they held a family seat at Fontaine. They also acquired estates in Perche, Champagne, Marche, and Gascogne.

Jean Leduc, born in 1624, travelled from Ingre, France to Canada in 1652. After arriving in Quebec he worked as a sawyer and he married Marie Soulinie, born in 1631, on 11th November 1652. The Lords of the Isle of Montreal gave Jean an acre of land on 20th August 1655 and this is where he settled with Marie. Jean and Marie had six children together, all boys, that all have many ancestors with the name Leduc in Canada. [1]

Early History of the Leduc family

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Leduc Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Leduc include Leduc, Laduc, le Duc, Le Du, Ledu, Le Duc, De Ducé and many more.

Early Notables of the Leduc family (pre 1700)

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United States Leduc migration to the United States +

Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Leduc were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Leduc were

Leduc Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D. Leduc, who settled in New Orleans in 1822
  • Joseph Leduc, aged 32, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [2]
  • Henry Leduc, who arrived in Mississippi in 1890 [2]
  • Mrs. Rose Leduc, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1892
Leduc Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Leduc, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1900
  • Josephine Leduc, aged 25, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1908
  • Simone Leduc, aged 3, who settled in America from Elary, France, in 1911
  • Edouard Leduc, aged 19, who settled in America from Rouvioy, France, in 1912
  • Andrea Leduc, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Havre, France, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Leduc migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Leduc Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jean Leduc, French settler travelling to Canada to work for Jérôme Le Royer, arriving on 20th April 1644 [3]
  • Jean LeDuc, who landed in Montreal in 1650
  • Jean Leduc who arrived in Saint Omer, Quebec, from Perche on the southern border of Normandy in 1652
  • Jean Leduc, son of Jean and Cécile, who married Marie Soulinié, daughter of Élie and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 11th November 1652 [4]
  • René Leduc, son of Vincent and Urbaine, who married Anne Gentreau, daughter of Nicolas and Perrine, in Quebec on 28th October 1664 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leduc Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Leduc, son of Jean and Marie, who married Marie-Madeleine Michel, daughter of Jean and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 3rd July 1703 [4]
  • Charles Leduc, son of Jean and Marie, who married Angélique Chevalier, daughter of Joseph and Françoise-Marthe, in Montreal, Quebec on 3rd September 1703 [4]
  • Guillaume Leduc, son of René and Anne, who married Élisabeth Drouin, daughter of Nicolas and Marie, in Sainte-Famille-de-l'île-d'Orléans, Quebec on 18th November 1704 [4]
  • Jean Leduc, who landed in Canada in 1716
  • Jean Leduc, who arrived in Quebec from Ile-de-France in 1717
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Leduc Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • J.M. LeDuc, aged 32, who immigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1903
  • John F. R. Leduc, aged 34, who settled in Canada, in 1907
  • Paul Leduc, aged 23, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • William Leduc, aged 36, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Eugene LeDuc, aged 37, who immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1920

New Zealand Leduc migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Leduc Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Le Duc, (b. 1847), aged 27, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Leduc (post 1700) +

  • Noella Leduc (1933-2014), née Alverson, American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and outfielder who played from 1951 through 1954
  • Jean Leduc (1922-1996), American actor
  • Stephen P. LeDuc, American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives Fourth Middlesex District; Elected 2002 [6]
  • Rene Leduc, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1996 [6]
  • Mary E. LeDuc, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, 1977 [6]
  • Marc LeDuc, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1936 [6]
  • Jon A. LeDuc, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly 4th District, 1974 [6]
  • Alphonse Leduc (1804-1868), French teacher, composer, student and flute, guitar and bassoon virtuoso, founder of Éditions Alphonse Leduc company, a prominent French music publishing house in 1841
  • Lucien Leduc (1918-2004), French football midfielder and a manager
  • René Leduc (1898-1968), French engineer, known for his work on ramjets
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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