The largest Acadian family has only one ancestor, Daniel LeBlanc, who was born in France around 1626.
Daniel LeBlanc and Françoise Gaudet settled at Port Royal in Acadia around 1650. They had seven children, five sons who gave them 35 grand-sons and 112 great grand-sons.
The LeBlanc family became the largest Acadian family. It now numbers between 300,000 and 500,000 descendants, scattered throughout the world. They are found in greater numbers in Canada (mainly in the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec) and the United States (especially in Louisiana and in the New England states) .
Moncton, the LeBlanc capital of the world
The LeBlanc are concentrated mainly in the province of New Brunswick, Canada. More specifically in the Greater Moncton area which could be called the LeBlanc capital of the world. They are by far the largest Acadian family. They even greatly outnumber families of all other origins in this region.
LeBlanc, alias White, Blanc, Blank, Leblongue
The names of White, Blanc, Blank and Leblongue are among the most common variations found today.
COAT OF ARMS OF THE ASSOCIATION DES LEBLANC, inc.
The Coat of Arms depicted above was granted on August 15 1995 to the Association des LeBlanc, inc. by the Heraldic Authority of Canada underthe authority of His Excellency Roméo A. LeBlanc, Governor General ofCanada. The Association aims to unite the Acadian LeBlancs, all descendants of Daniel LeBlanc and Françoise Gaudet who where settled in Acadia by 1650.
Explanation of symbols
The colors are those of the Acadian flag. The wavy bars symbolize the ocean crossed by the first ancestor and the various sea voyages undertaken by the family, notably during the deportation. The gold star is one of the principal official symbols of Acadia, first adopted in 1884. The sheaf formed by five ears of wheat recalls Daniel's occupation as a farmer and his five sons. The garden lily has a double meaning: it recalls the French origin of the LeBlanc family; the whiteness of the flower is also an allusion to the name LeBlanc. The galley in an authentic symbol of Acadia and the Latin motto "Ut fructum plus afferat" can be translated to English as meaning "So that it be more fruitful".
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