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Acadian-Cajun Surnames

     By the time of the first census in 1671, there were 47 Acadian surnames (that left descendants).  Many of today's Acadian-Cajuns go back to these families.  These earliest Acadian settlers to leave descendants are in the following table.

Acadian Surnames in the 1671 Census
AUCOIN BOURGEOIS DAIGLE GIROUARD MARTIN RIMBAUT
BABIN BREAU d'ENTREMONT GRANGER MELANCON ROBICHAU
BELIVEAU BRUN DOUCET GUILBAUT MORIN SAVOIE
de BELLISLE CAISSY DUGAS HEBERT PELLERIN TERRIAU
BERTRAND COMEAU DUPEUX LANDRY PETITPAS THIBODEAU
BLANCHARD CORMIER FORET LANOUE PITRE TRAHAN
BOUDREAU CORPORON GAUDET LATOUR POIRIER VINCENT
BOURG CYR GAUTEROT LEBLANC RICHARD
 
It seems that 60 more colonists (55 men, 5 women) arrived in 1671. Since only 36 new surnames appear in the 1686 census, some of them may have left Acadia by that time.  In addition, 6 of the names that appeared in the 1686 census never showed up again; these 6 names are: Cochu, Cottard, Desorcis, Dubreuil, Fardel, and Martil.  Here are the 30 surnames that appear in the 1686 census and apparently stayed for a while.
"New" Acadian Surnames in the 1686 Census
ARSENAULT BENOIT GAREAU LABAUVE LEPRINCE MIRANDE
AUBIN-MIGNAULT BERGERON GODIN
  DIT CHATILLON
LAGASSE LEVRON PINET
BARILLOT BLOU GOURDEAU LAVALLEE LORT PREJEAN
BASTARACHE BROUSSARD HENRY LAPIERRE MERCIER RIVET
BELLEFONTAINE DOUARON LABARRE LAPIERRE 
  DIT LAROCHE
MICHEL TOURANGEAU
 

From 1686 to 1710, less than 100 new colonists came to Acadia.  Most were soldiers who had been stationed in the area.  The 1714 census shows 77 new names in Acadia.

Additional names that join the Acadian communities include:

"New" Acadian Surnames in the 1714 Census
ALARD  CARRE DUMONT LAMONTAGNE MAISONNAT SAINT-SCENE
ALLAIN CHAMPAGNE DUPUIS LANGLOIS MANCEAU SAMSON
BABINEAU CHAUVERT EMMANUEL LAURIER MOUTON SAVARY
BARNABE CHIASSON L'ESPERANCE LAVERGNE MOYSE SIMON
BEAUMONT CLEMENCEAU GENTIL LEBASQUE NUIRAT SURETTE
BERNARD COSSE GOUSILLE LEBRETON OLIVIER THIBEAU
BIDEAU DAMBOUE GUERIN LEGER ONDY TOUSSAINT
BLONDIN DAROIS HERPIN LEMAISTRE PARIS VECO
BOISSEAU DENIS JASMIN LEMARQUIS PARISIEN VIGNEAU DIT MAURICE
BOUCHER DESAULNIERS LAFONT LESSOILE POTHIER VILATTE
BOUTIN DEVAUX LALANDE LONGUEPEE RAYMOND VOYER
BRETON DONAT LALIBERTE LYONNAIS ROSSETTE YVON
CADET DUBOIS LAMBERT MAILLARD ROY

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