Explore the Family Name Boudreaux

The meaning of Boudreaux

French: variant of Boudreau and, in North America, (also) an altered form of this. History: The LA Boudreaux family is of Acadian origin. They trace their ancestry to Michel Boudreau from La Rochelle and his wife, Michelle Aucoin, who were in Acadia by c.1642. Some characteristic forenames: French Emile, Lucien, Michel, Ulysse, Antoine, Leonce, Alcide, Aldes, Anatole, Andre, Chantal.

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How common is the last name Boudreaux in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Boudreaux has seen a slight decrease in popularity between the years 2000 and 2010. Despite an increase of approximately 736 individuals with the last name Boudreaux (from 15,240 to 15,976), its ranking fell from 2,190th to 2,282nd most common surname in the U.S., marking a 4.2% decrease in popularity. The proportion of Boudreaux per 100,000 people also slightly decreased by 4.07%, from 5.65 to 5.42.

20002010Change
Rank#2,190#2,282-4.2%
Count15,24015,9764.83%
Proportion per 100k5.655.42-4.07%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Boudreaux

As for the ethnic identity associated with the surname Boudreaux, the data drawn from the Decennial U.S. Census reveals some shifts between 2000 and 2010. A majority of those with this surname identified as White, although this percentage dropped slightly from 87.68% to 85.49%. The proportions of Boudreaux's identifying as Black and Hispanic saw increases of 11.04% and 65.04% respectively. There were also small increments in the percentages of Boudreaux's identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native, with increases of 26.67% and 36.84% respectively. Those claiming two or more races also rose modestly by 9.02%.

20002010Change
White87.68%85.49%-2.5%
Black8.88%9.86%11.04%
Hispanic1.23%2.03%65.04%
Two or More Races1.33%1.45%9.02%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.57%0.78%36.84%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.3%0.38%26.67%

Boudreaux ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Boudreaux is French & German, which comprises 40.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are British & Irish (32.3%) and Spanish & Portuguese (10.3%). Additional ancestries include Italian, Nigerian, Scandinavian, Indigenous American, and Eastern European.

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ANCESTRY BREAKDOWNCOMPOSITION
French & German40.8%
British & Irish32.3%
Spanish & Portuguese10.3%
Other16.6%
Boudreaux

Possible origins of the surname Boudreaux

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Boudreaux have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Greater London, United Kingdom68.20%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom67.90%
Merseyside, United Kingdom67.10%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom66.80%
Tyne And Wear, United Kingdom65.90%

What Boudreaux haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Boudreaux is R-P311, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-P311 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L51 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Gagnon, Fortin, Levesque, Boudreau, Landry, Mcshane, Barnum, Jewett, Ogle, Hershberger.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Boudreaux surname are: H3, H1, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

boudreauxPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Boudreaux have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.

Preferences

Boudreaux

Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Boudreaux" Surname 38.6%

23andMe Users 41.3%

Traits

Boudreaux

Misophonia

When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Boudreaux" Surname 27.5%

23andMe Users 27.9%

Habits

Boudreaux

Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Boudreaux" Surname 32.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%

Wellness

Boudreaux

Migraine

A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Boudreaux" Surname 15.2%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Boudreaux?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Boudreaux are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

French & German 60.8%

23andMe Users 57.2%