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The proud French name of Lejeune comes from a Breton name for a person of youthful appearance or a person who was the youngest member of some group. The name Lejeune is derived from the Old French word jeune, which means young.

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The surname Lejeune was first found in Brittany, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

French surnames were subject to numerous spelling alterations depending on the region and time it was used. The early development of the French language relied heavily on borrowing elements and grammar from other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Lejeune is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Lajeunesse, Lajeunne, Lejeune, Jeunesse, Jeune, Jeunet, Jeuneau, Jeuneaux and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lejeune research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1248, 1530, 1570, 1592, 1600, 1672, 1688, 1762, 1775, 1819, 1841, 1845, 1848, and 1864 are included under the topic Early Lejeune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst this name at this time was the Honourable Henri Le Jeune, born in 1819, an artist, a recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lejeune Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. 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 the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia 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. 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 Lejeune were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Lejeune were

Lejeune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Antoine LeJeune, who landed in Maryland in 1763
  • Blaise LeJeune, who arrived in Maryland in 1763
  • Felicite LeJeune, aged 45, landed in New Orleans, La in 1785
  • Jean LeJeune, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1785
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Lejeune Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary E. LeJeune arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Munn" in 1849
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  • Michael L Lejeune, American international finance official, California
  • Louis-François Lejeune, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Michel Lejeune, French research director
  • Jérôme Jean Louis Marie Lejeune, French geneticist, a recipient of the National Order of Merit and the Kennedy Prize, Paris
  • Louis Lejeune (1884-1969), French sculptor
  • Claire Lejeune, Belgian writer
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    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. D'Hozier Charles. Armorial Général de France. Paris: Dillon, 1875. Print.
    3. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Conrad, Glenn R. The First Families of Louisiana. Baton Rouge LA: Claitor's Publishing, 1970. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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